Vieux Farka Touré and Togo All Stars
Date 3rd Feb 2023 7.30pm - 10.00pm Price £20.16 Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult Location Tramway View map Book tickets *A 12% booking fee is included in the ticket price, as advertised. At check-out this fee will be shown separately for receipt purposes and to ensure the face value of your ticket is correct. Prices are subject to change. Prices may vary on the night of a show. Transaction fees may vary depending on event.
Vieux Farka Touré is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and musicians. He returns here with his live band to perform from his extraordinary back catalogue and his critically acclaimed new album, Les Racines. The album is one that celebrates the universal adage that says to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve come from.
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’. And Vieux’s roots run deeper than deep. The son of the late Ali Farka Touré, acclaimed as the finest guitarist Africa has ever produced, 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,” Vieux explains.
"I’m going to make a pronouncement. This is one of the albums of the year. It’s amazing - the whole album." (Elton John – October 2022)
From the musical heart of West Africa come the Togo All Stars with a captivating performance of their distinctive blend of afrofunk and voodoo rhythms. Renowned for their spectacular live shows, the band promises the chance to experience “the original rhythms of the most funky gods”. For while the music of their ancestors was banned and vilified by slave traders, the chants and beats of voodoo spirituality survived in the musical underground, profoundly influencing jazz, salsa, blues and funk.