Vieux Farka Toure - Vieux Farka Toure
World music lost one of its icons on March 6th, 2006. Malian blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure won international acclaim for his signature playing style. And, he was celebrated as a local hero, even being appointed mayor in his home town. What was less commonly known, however, was that he had a son who was secretly planning to follow in his father’s footsteps.Vieux Farka Toure’s debut album pays musical homage to the memory of his father with a familiar, entrancing guitar sound. It even contains the last studio recording Ali Farka Toure would ever make. But, his son is also eager to update the traditional grooves, adding splashes of reggae and rock to some of the tracks.Vieux says, “No one can replicate what someone else has done. I’m following my father’s path but that path leads into new areas.” This is the next chapter in the continuing legacy of Malian blues guitar. When Ali Farka Toure was elected mayor in his home town of Niafunke, one of his key election promises was to help fight the spread of malaria. Now, ten percent of the sale of Vieux Farka Toure’s new album will go to a UNICEF organization dedicated to this cause.