Vieux premieres new video for “All The Same feat. Dave Matthews”

With “All the Same,” Vieux Farka Toure and Dave Matthews craft a stunning song about the perils of possessing a unique and desirable gift. Both Vieux and Dave are hailed as musical torch-bearers of both their generation and hometown, but with this venerable duty comes the threat of targeted jealousy. “Smiles and promises/Cry real tears ’til you believe/They don’t want you, they want what you’ve got/It may taste sweet but love it’s not.” In an equally stunning video by Native Resonance, a young boy finds himself thrust into limelight and power in a dreamlike world surrounded by entranced peers. The children dance around their newly crowned king who is momentarily blissful sitting on his throne. But adoration quickly turns to jealousy as the same child who crowned the king is the one to topple his kingdom in an attempt to steal the throne for himself. It is in the wisdom of a little girl singing Dave Matthews’ lines that the truth is revealed.

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Rolling Stone says Vieux’s new album ‘slays!’

Will Hermes from Rolling Stone says Vieux “joins American peers for a crossover set that slays, primarily because the players come to his music, not the other way around.”  With a star-rating on par with the uber-popular Lonely Island and Tyler, The Creator releases, Vieux’s album is receiving a warm welcome from the music industry mainstream.  Read the entire stellar review HERE.

Note:  Grammy-nominated guitarist John Scofield played with Miles Davis, not Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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‘The Secret’ is unveiled!

With his 2010 World Cup performance before a billion people in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vieux Farka Toure has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history. Vieux now takes a dramatic next step with his new album, The Secret, produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno and featuring Dave Matthews, John ScofieldDerek Trucks, and Vieux’s final collaboration with his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré.


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Vieux leaves audiences “breathless,” LA Times raves

“The Malian singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Touré plays desert blues with a personal charisma and technical finesse that have led some reviewers to dub him the North African Jimi Hendrix.

It’s a useful, facile handle for Western listeners. But in his edgy, exploratory hourlong Thursday night set at the Satellite, Touré summoned the tender, reflective Hendrix of “Little Wing” and “The Wind Cries Mary” more than the raunchy, insinuating belter of “Foxy Lady.”

Touré’s musical bloodlines are impeccable. Born in 1981, he’s the son of the late guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Touré, who initially discouraged his offspring from adopting a musician’s nomadic life. But the younger Touré’s talents couldn’t be denied. Trained as a percussionist, he also apprenticed with Toumani Diabate, a wizard of the harp-like kora. Both influences color Touré’s guitar playing, which can be delicate and probing, then explode into ferocious rhythmic exchanges with his excellent drummer Tim Keiper.” –Reed Johnson, LA Times

Read more in the full article HERE. Photo: Vieux Farka Toure performs at the Satellite in Silver Lake. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

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Master Class in San Francisco on May 16

St. Cyprian’s Church | San Francisco, CA | May 16 | 7pm | $40

A unique opportunity to learn secrets from one of Africa’s most celebrated artists of our times – Vieux Farka Touré (the son of Ali Farka Touré), master of the desert blues and West African guitar.  From Mali, Vieux’s band tours worldwide and with his 2010 World Cup performance before a billion people in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vieux Farka Touré has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history. Watch the clip:

No matter your skill level on guitar, come and learn from the source.  Acoustic guitar strongly recommended. If you are unable to bring an acoustic you can bring an electric guitar but no amps please.  Vieux will be available for meeting participants and signings after the workshop.

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‘The Secret’ will be unveiled May 24, 2011

We are thrilled to announce Vieux Farka Toure’s third and best studio album, The Secret (Six Degrees Records) will be released May 24, 2011.  The album produced by guitarist Eric Krasno (of Soulive fame) also features Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Ivan Neville and Vieux’s final collaboration with his legendary father, Ali Farka Toure.

“To make this album I had to dig deep into the secrets of my own history and my country’s culture in order to move the music forward,” Vieux said, back in his native Mali. “My music is more mature now, more evolved.  It digs deeper into the past and pushes harder into the future as a result. This is a hard thing to explain, but hopefully the music speaks for itself. Do you want to know the secret?  You have to listen to the album.”

Given his recent collaborations and accomplishments-including a performance in front of a billion people during the 2010 World Cup-Vieux’s time to break through to larger audiences has arrived.  With that in mind, Vieux is hitting the road!  May 2011 tour dates are listed in the Tour tab, with Summer 2011 tour announcements coming soon!

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In the studio working on the new album…

Vieux’s busy at work on his new album set to be released May 24th!  Eric “Kraz” Krasno (pictured on the right, of Soulive fame) is at the production helm, while guest artists on the album include John Scofield (center above), Ivan Neville, Kraz himself, Derek Trucks and more! Stay tuned for more information on the biggest and baddest Vieux Farka Toure album to date!

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Vieux Farka Toure accepts Best World Album Grammy on behalf of his father, Ali Farka Toure, and Toumani Diabate

At the 53rd Grammy Awards in LA, Vieux Farka Toure had the honor of accepting the Grammy for Best Traditional World Album on behalf of his late father–the legendary Ali Farka Toure–and Toumani Diabate. The album, Ali and Toumani, was recorded before Ali’s death in 2006 in the Toures’ hometown of Bamako, Mali. This is Ali’s third Grammy win, but his first award received posthumously. Vieux played percussion and contributed backing vocals on the album, released by World Circuit Records.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of this amazing album, and to all of the night’s winners!

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‘Live!’ named one of Star-Telegram’s Favorite Albums of 2010

Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram offered their Globespinning Top 5 World-Music Albums of 2010 and Vieux is #2! They go on to praise him as a “masterful guitarist” and say they especially love him live. Read the full list and review here.

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World Music Superstars Are United In Song for We Are The World Anniversary

Vieux joins a host of stars commemorating the the 25th anniversary of “We Are The World” with a re-release and digital album. Michael Franti & Spearhead, Aurelio Martinez with Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Lila Downs, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Razia Said, Abigail Washburn & the Shanghai Restoration Project, Luisa Maita, G. Love & Special Sauce Among Artists Featured.

Los Angeles (October 20, 2010) — To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of We Are The World, United Support of Artists for Africa (USA for Africa) will re-release the 1985 historic recording of the song as the lead track on the upcoming digital compilation We Are The World / United In Song worldwide on December 7, 2010. Once again, USA for Africa has assembled a stellar line-up of international artists to contribute songs to the project with proceeds from this effort going to assist Africa and Africans with the current challenges facing the continent. The collection of songs on We Are The World / United in Song was compiled by Executive Producers Suzie Weston and Alexia Baum. It will be distributed worldwide by Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and available to hundreds of digital storefronts across the globe including major digital music services iTunes®, Amazon, eMusic, and Rhapsody in the U.S.

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