Vieux Farka Touré – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

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Vieux Farka Touré returns to the UK to tour, for the first time, his traditional acoustic quartet. He’ll bring his own compositions to the stage as well as his father’s well loved classics.

Vieux Farka Touré has firmly cemented his name and star power alongside his esteemed father Ali Farka Touré, both in songwriting and masterful guitarwork: oscillating artfully between Malian Folk, with the unique instrumentation and style of Songhai’s deep musical tradition, and the Desert Blues, which first made the Farka Touré name legend.

With six solo albums released, including the 2022 dual-release of ‘Ali’ in collaboration with Khraungbin, and Les Racines. Farka Touré exhibits his natural virtuosity as his fingers dance around the fretboard like fireflies while he sings warm, longing meditative melodies that created a pinnacle moment of hypnotic synergy between Songhai music and Neo-Psychedelia. A mature, traditionalist’s record said to be “outstanding” by The Guardian.
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Supporting Vieux Farka Toure on Thursday evening is the Leeds based septet Awen Ensemble. Taking inspiration from modal tradition, spiritual jazz, and folk music found across the globe, Awen Ensemble create compositions that are melodically focused with distinctive grooves that feature spoken word, shimmering instrumentations and a Celtic mystique. Their debut album ‘Cadair Idris’ was released on 12th April on New Soil Records:

NDR are delighted to be covering this event on Thursday evening at the legendary Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds.

Tickets available from this LINK