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Vieux Farka Toure

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Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka Toure, Diali Cissokho & Kairaba, Bhi Bhiman 

When: Thu., Sept. 1, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $13-15

Guitar is nomadic by its very nature; it's an instrument that travels well. Nowhere has this been more true than in the nomadic "desert blues" of Mali, the wellspring of North American blues. This genre was epitomized by the statuesque guitar playing of the late Ali Farka Toure, but the gift didn't die with him: It migrated to his son, Vieux Farka Toure, who's touring behind his new album, The Secret. Recorded between Bamako and Brooklyn, the album traces Mali's musical DNA across the North American landscape. Vieux's collaborators include guitar heavies such as John Scofield and Derek Trucks, as well as Dave Matthews, a South African native who brings his own roots to the scathing single "All the Same." Once an esoteric taste known mostly to connoisseurs, Mali's music is spreading, thanks to young artists such as Vieux, who are bringing its traditions to the world stage. Middle act Kairaba, an African quintet based in Carrboro, melds Senegalese griot songs with soul-rocking original arrangements, led by fiery vocalist and kora wizard Diali Cissokho. Opening is Bhi Bhiman. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

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