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Center for the Arts

Friday , October 25 , 2013 , 07:15 PM - 07:45 PM

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey '14 at 7:15pm. Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006). Vieux Farka Toure started playing guitar when he was 20. He is known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the instrument, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae. His first performance in the United States took place at Wesleyan in February 2007. He was one of the featured artists at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa along with Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, and others; and his recent albums have featured guests such as Toumani Diabate, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and Derek Trucks. Mr. Farka Toure's band includes Wesleyan alumni Tim Keiper '02 on drums and percussion, Moussa Diabate on ngoni and accompanying guitar, and John Bashengezi on bass guitar. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the African Studies Course Cluster.

    Location: Crowell Concert Hall
    Admission: $25 general public; $21 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
    Sponsor: Center for the Arts

    Contact: 860-685-3355, boxoffice@wesleyan.edu