Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunk, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Toure came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabat, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
We are conveniently located at 638 South State Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, right across the street from The Bayou. From 1-15, take the 600 South Exit and make a right on State Street and we are mid-block between 600 South and 700 South.
Street parking as well as a pay-for-parking lot.