Vieux Farka Toure and Tezeta Band

Vieux Farka Touré, Tezeta Band

When: Fri., June 28, 8 p.m. 2013


Last year, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré cancelled a scheduled appearance at Pickathon amid a growing territorial dispute between Tuareg and Islamist factions in his home country. A year later, that conflict is the impetus behind Touré's new album Mon Pays (translation: "My Country"), an endlessly gorgeous gathering of virtuosic guitar work and Mali's psychedelic desert-blues tradition that is meant to honor the country's beauty and culture. Touré's genes give him a solid foundation from which to work; he is the son of one of Africa's iconic musicians, the late Ali Farka Touré. There's a decent chance you won't understand the lyrics on Mon Pays, but that hardly matters. Across the record's 10 supple jams, you'll hear a range of emotions—sadness, anger, national pride—course through Touré's 10 supremely talented fingers and reverberate across his six-stringed instrument of peace. BEN SALMON

Price: $22

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