Thursday, October 02, 2008


Six Degrees Records has recently announced the signing of Vieux Farka Touré, the fast rising Malian guitarist, singer, songwriter, and son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré. Vieux quickly stepped into the spotlight after the release of his self-titled debut album in 2006, which continues to receive press accolades worldwide. Starting the second week of September, Vieux is embarking on his fall North American tour that includes New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and more (see full tour dates below). He is hot on the heels of three months of touring Europe, the U.S. and Canada this summer followed by the critically acclaimed African James Brown tribute tour entitled "Still Black, Still Proud," alongside Brown's players saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trombonist Fred Wesley.

Born in 1981, Ibrahim "Vieux" Farka Touré is a Malian singer and guitarist born in Niafunke, Mali. Touré is the son of famed African musician Al Farka Toure. Vieux's debut solo album, released online in fall 2006 and in retail worldwide February 2007, features Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabate on several tracks. His touring band consists as follows:

Vieux Farka Touré: lead guitar, vocals
Mama Sissoko: ngoni, guitar
Seckou Touré: calabash, vocals
Tim Keiper: Drums, aux percussion
Eric Herman: bass guitar

Vieux Farka Touré, North American Tour Dates
10/01 - Quebec City, Canada @ Palais Montcalm
10/03 - Bloomington, IN @ Lotus Festival
10/04 - Nelsonville, OH @ Stuart's Opera
10/05 - Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
10/10 - 10/11 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Folk
10/13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ New Hazlett Theatre
10/15 - 10/19 - Black Mountain, NC @ (LEAF)

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