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Farka Touré performed during the opening ceremony at the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Now he is giving a concert in Basel.

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter

Singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, born in 1981 in Niafunké, Mali, to the Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, studied percussion and guitar in Bamako. He attributes his major musical influences to John Lee Hooker, B .B. King and Salif Keita.

After his father and other community leaders gave him their blessing to produce an album, 2007 saw his international breakthrough with his self-titled debut release.

Touré’s mixture of Afro-blues, reggae and his musical Mali roots impressed and later convinced the world press of his talents.

Since 2009, his music has charmed the public in the USA, Africa and Europe. In 2010, he performed at the opening celebration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. His third studio album The Secret was released in 2011.

On 2 May, Touré will be playing music from his soon-to-be-released album Mon Pays – redolent of the beauty and culture of Mali – live at the Reithalle in Basel.

Vieux Farka Touré & Band

2 May 2014, Reithalle, Kaserne Basel, 8pm.

www.vieuxfarkatoure.com

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