The son of the late, beloved Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré, Vieux is massively prominent in his own right. Though his father initially forbade him to play music, Vieux found himself playing drums before falling in love with the guitar at the National Arts Institute in Bamako, Mali. His 2005 debut contained some of his father’s last recordings before his death in 2006; his 2011 album The Secret featured contributions by Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks and John Scofield. Vieux’s release, The Tel Aviv Session, was a collaboration with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, and most recently with singer/songwriter Julia Easterlin. A highlight of his career was a performance for a billion people at the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vieux Farka Touré is one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history.
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