Vieux Farka Touré is currently touring the US, and Brooklyn Vegan posted about their recent show in Ithaca, New York. From The Cornell Daily Sun-
Known throughout Africa, and rapidly gaining popularity elsewhere, Touré proved Sunday that he deserves all the praise he receives. With his second album Fondo — a work which fully showcases his skill and eclectic inspirations — Touré has really come into his own. Fondo, which appropriately means “The Road,” was a great leap from his debut album, which was much more traditional. Fondo, though a sophomoric effort, was in some respects the first time Touré really introduced himself, his songwriting, and his distinctive sound to the public.
Touré’s incredible guitar skill, elegant voice and clear enthusiasm for performance made the songs from Fondo even more memorable and poignant live. Judging by Sunday’s show, critics’ label of Touré as Mali’s guitar hero seems well founded. The guitar solos were the definite highlight of the night, and as mentioned earlier, Touré sounds even better in person than on his album — a fact which is unfortunately the reverse for many artists of today.
You can watch the video for "Ana" above. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for more.
Vieux Farka Touré performs at LPR on April 27th. Get tickets here.