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Vieux Farka Touré, “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, today announces his 2023 Australian tour that sees the legendary guitarist and full band tour Australia from February 24 until March 11.

One of the world’s most respected guitarists and musicians, Touré returns to Australia with his full band to perform from his extraordinary back catalogue and critically acclaimed new album, ‘Les Racines’. The album celebrates the universal adage that says ‘to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve come from.

Vieux spent 2 years making ‘Les Racines’, but the album had been gestating in his mind even longer.

“I’ve had a desire to do a more traditional album for a long, long time. It’s important to me and to Malian people that we stay connected to our roots and our history,” Touré explains.

‘Les Racines’, translating as ‘the roots’, represents a deep reconnection with the traditional Songhai music of northern Mali. This is one of the northern West African musical traditions known in the West by the catch-all term ‘Desert Blues’.

Touré roots run far deeper than most, his father, the late Ali Farka Touré, acclaimed as the finest guitaristsAfrica has ever produced, was a pioneer in introducing this style to audiences around the world.

Most recently Touré has expanded his horizons again, having collaborated with the world-renowned Texas trio Khruangbin on the album Ali, which seamlessly melds Vieux’s masterful guitar work and soulful singing with their dubby psychedelia.

Touré’s 2023 Australian tour kicks off in Melbourne on the 24th of February before heading to Meeniyan in regional Victoria, then on to Hobart, Sydney, Cairns, Sandgate, Canberra, Castlemaine to follow with the tour finishing up at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. don’t worry Sydney siders as there is something very special planned for you. Full tour details below.

Vieux Farka Touré Australian Tour

Friday 24- February
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC

Saturday 25- February
Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan VIC

Sunday 26-February
Hobart – Details announced 28 Nov

Thursday 2- March
Sydney – Details announced 4 Dec

Friday 3- March
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD

Saturday 4- March
Music By The Sea, Sandgate QLD

Sunday 5- March
Street Theatre, Canberra ACT

Thursday 9- March
Theatre Royale Castlemaine, VIC

Friday 10-March
Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Saturday 11-Mar
Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC

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