Vieux Farka Toure | Samba


Vieux Farka Touré electric/acoustic guitar, vocals
Mamadou Kone drums/calabash
Valery ‘Valess’ Assouan bass

The ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ returns as the finest desert blues guitarist on the planet brings music from his latest album Samba to Turner Sims. The son of the late Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré, he’s been praised for years for his high-energy, rocking performances, and his live show has been likened to a contemporary Desert Blues equivalent of power trio Cream. With Samba, Vieux achieves unprecedented artistic depth and range, with diverse styles covering dance-friendly desert rock, reggae and electric funk, haunting grooves and pulsing acoustic desert blues, as well a touch of melancholic beauty.  This is a brilliant culmination of his decade-long exploration of different sounds and styles, all masterfully strung together into music that is at once varied and full of surprises, yet also a clear and cohesive expression of his identity as one of Africa’s most vibrant and masterful modern artists.

Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. The Independent