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Vieux Farka Touré performs live on Mountain Stage.
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December 17, 2013 The son of the late, beloved Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré, Vieux has become a massively prominent performer in his own right. Hear him perform with his band.
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Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.
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January 18, 2013 In a beautiful and powerful new song, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare and nearly 40 more top musicians from Mali join together for one purpose: to help bring peace back to their shattering country.
Idan Raichel (left) and Vieux Farka Toure's new collaborative album is The Tel-Aviv Session.
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April 15, 2012 After a chance meeting acquainted Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Toure, the pair collaborated on an album called The Tel Aviv Session, bringing together musical elements from each of their cultures.
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Vieux Farka Toure (left) and Idan Raichel, collaborating as The Toure-Raichel Collective, released The Tel-Aviv Session on March 26.
April 9, 2012 A chance meeting in a German airport resulted in a CD collaboration between Israeli pop star Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist from Mali. The result, The Tel Aviv Session, is magic.
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Vieux Farka Toure's "Borei" has all the energy of classic African pop, paired with exuberant call-and-response vocals and blistering guitar solos.
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June 28, 2011 Vieux Farka Toure's "Borei" has all the energy of classic African pop, paired with exuberant call-and-response vocals and blistering guitar solos.
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Calm down, Thom. The King of Limbs didn't make the cut for our 25 favorite albums of the year so far, but at least one of us still loves you.
June 21, 2011 When NPR Music made a list of its 25 favorite albums that came out in the first half of 2011, there were a bunch of great recordings that didn't make the cut. Half a dozen members of the team speak out on behalf of a few of them.
The African Jazz Pioneers kick it, South Africa style.
Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich; photos: Intuition Records, iStock.
June 15, 2010 From June 11 to July 11, nine cities in South Africa are hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The excitement has stretched from Johannesburg to Pretoria and the world over. In honor of the world coming together to celebrate soccer in the "rainbow nation," here's a chance to sample four South African jazz artists and one of the World Cup performers.
Vieux Farka Toure performs at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge.
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October 13, 2009 As the son of legendary desert blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Vieux had big shoes to fill. But the younger performer has found his own voice, which builds on the traditions of his father while moving in a blues-rock direction. Hear an acoustic set recorded at KEXP's Bumbershoot Music Lounge.
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June 30, 2009 Rock 'n' roll owes its existence to its African roots, and the genre has in turn influenced contemporary African music. But the continent has not produced many bona fide rockers of its own — until now. Banning Eyre reviews two recent releases by Vieux Farka Toure and Justin Adams with Juldeh Camara.
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May 26, 2009 Are there bands and albums that you know you should love, but for whatever reason just don't? For host Bob Boilen, Green Day is one of those acts. Also on this week's program: the sparkling textures of Sunset Rubdown; a mysterious and dark collaboration from Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch; Allen Toussaint playing jazz and blues; and two samples from our Exclusive First Listen series. Hear songs from West African guitar hero Vieux Farka Toure and an album of demos from the legendary supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.
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