Vieux Farka Touré (MLI)
Vieux Farka Touré is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and musicians. He will be returning from Mali to Australia with his live band to perform music from his extraordinary back catalogue and his critically acclaimed new album, Les Racines. This release celebrates the universal adage,‘to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve come from’. Les Racines, translating as ‘the roots’, represents a deep reconnection with the traditional Songhai music of northern Mali. This is one of the northern West African musical traditions known in the West by the catch-all term ‘Desert Blues’. Never one to stick to just one creative path, Vieux’s most recent release ‘Ali’ is a collaboration album with high profile Texan trio Khruangbin, which seamlessly melds Vieux’s masterful guitar work and soulful singing with their dubby psychedelia.