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The heir apparent to the African guitar throne, VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ—son of the late Malian six-string magician Ali Farka Touré—plays “…original guitar music of such fluidity, technique, rhythmic invention, and passion, that it is virtually unequaled.” (AllMusic) Throughout his career, Touré has been part of spectacular collaborations: his debut album featured the kora master Toumani Diabaté as well as some of Vieux’s father’s final recorded contributions; other projects have featured work with Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Sidiki Diabaté, and the Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, with whom he has released two albums. 2015 will see him release Touristes, an unexpected, genre-bending collaboration with NYC-based singer Julia Easterlin, who appears tonight as a special guest.
TAMIKREST plays a fiery brand of trance-inducing desert blues. Since their 2009 debut Adagh they have been hailed as the spearhead of a new generation of Taureg musicians. Their latest record, the intensely beautiful Chatma, confirms their place as the spiritual descendants of their Malian countrymen Tinariwen.
DJ DAKAR, from the Pikine neighborhood in his city of birth via Harlem, will set the stage for a transcendent night of West African sounds.