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Vieux Farka Toure

Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure At The Ballroom

Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure At The Ballroom

When people says Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Toure plays desert blues, it's part of a complicated story. The connection between the music of West Africa and the many strains of African-American music is fairly obvious in some ways. Enslaved Africans brought their rich musical culture to the Americas and — despite oppression and laws forbidding drumming — those traditions flowered and morphed in the United States. African-American music has gone on to reach the whole world, including Africa, with many African-derived strains of culture ping-ponging back to the mother continent. So, John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix have influenced generations of African guitarists.

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