Vieux Farka Touré, Omar Velasco

Vieux Farka Touré, Omar Velasco

Photo by Zeb Goodall Vieux Farka Touré


Tue., April 25, 8:30 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026
Vieux Farka Touré has an unusual style of guitar playing in which slithering, slippery riffs are threaded into a rich tapestry made of pure molten sunlight. The Malian singer-guitarist chants his vocals against a hypnotizing backdrop of intricately shimmering guitar, which sometimes evokes the exotic musical interplay of his countrymen Tinariwen. Unlike Tinariwen, though, Touré is more likely to draw upon straightforward elements of blues and rock & roll instead of relying only on the unique Malian style of guitar playing. Touré has steadily made a name for himself and emerged from the potentially smothering shadow of his legendary father, the late Ali Farka Touré. The son’s new album, Samba, is a typically idiosyncratic combination of African, reggae and Latin rhythms.


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