07/10/13 @ Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
07/11/13 @ La Fete de Marquette, Madison, WI
07/13/13 @ Yoshis, San Francisco, CA
07/12/13 @ Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA
07/14/13 @ California WorldFest, Grass Valley, CA
08/02/13 @ Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR
08/03/13 @ Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR
08/04/13 @ Crestone Music Festival, Crestone
08/06/13 @ Walnut Room, Denver, CO
08/07/13 @ JAS Cafe , Aspen, CO
Vieux Farka Touré
Vieux Farka Touré's most recent album, Mon Pays (My Country) was recorded in tribute to his homeland Mali. He wants to remind everyone of the wonderful culture and beauty that Mali is known.…
Vieux Farka Touré with his lead electric guitar, was accompanied by three other band members, a Rhythm guitar player, a bass player and a drummer.
The drum was very unusual. It appeared to be a half of a sphere, or what looked like half of a what I imagine a dinosaur egg to be in size. The drummer struck it with sticks that weren't much bigger than chopsticks, and it gave off a loud clicking sound but it didn't resonate as if it was hollow, as are most drums.
The music that the band exuded was very African, but had the sound of underlying western rock and roll. Much of the times it had a very rhythm and jazzy expression. Mostly, it sounded joyful. Vieux Farka Touré is from Mali and all the words were sung in his native tongue. All four band members were wearing traditional Mali clothing, gleaming and colorful. Vieux Farka Touré himself was appropriately wearing electric blue.
The audience began moving to the music almost immediately. If not full out dancing, they were at least swaying to the heartbeat tempo of the rhythm. The audience was told that the music they were hearing from his new album Mon Pays was written in tribute to Vieux Farka Touré's beloved Mali, which is currently being terrorized by Islamist militants. Much of the money raised by the concert is going to help Mali and there was also an area set up outside of the stage for donations to be made directly to helping the country of Mali.
Vieux Farka Toure at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (07/09/13)