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VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI) Tickets
7:30pm, Tue 12 March, 2013
The Basement, Sydney, NSW
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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 Tour 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 Diabate, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux has three studio albums and one live release to date. On his first self titled release, Vieux pays homage to his father and follows Ali's musical tradition, giving new versions of the West African music that is echoed in the American blues. The album features Toumani Diabate, as well as his late father.
On his second record, Fondo on Six Degrees (2009), Vieux branched out and presented his own sound: while remaining true to the roots of his father's music he uses elements of rock, Latin music, and other African influences. The album received a great deal of critical acclaim from across the globe, and Vieux was clearly moving out of his father's shadow.
In June 2010 Vieux released his live album with tracks recorded in Australia, with the track "Walaidu" featuring Jeff Lang.
In 2011 Vieux released his 3rd studio album, The Secret, so named because the listener will hear the secret of the blues with a blend of generations from father to son. It was produced by guitarist Eric Krasno (of the Soulive trio) and features South African-born vocalist Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks on electric slide guitar and jazz guitarist John Scofield. The title track is the last collaboration between Vieux and his late father.
"Vieux Farka Toure has really found his place with the legacy of his father as a dynamic figure in contemporary African music." **** Evening Standard
"Vieux is on fire, consolidating his African blues roots and linking the cultural bridge to American blues ..." Middle Boop Mag
Gen. admission Standing: $49.50 + booking fee pre-sale
(purchase online at the bottom of this page)
Dinner & Show tickets: $104.30 per person
Dinner & Show tickets include entry, seating and a 2 course meal
(entree & main, 4 choices for each)
Dinner & Show tickets are only available by phone.
Call the Basement Box Office to book on (02) 9251 2797
(Mon-Fri 10am - 5:00pm)
Some Dinner & Show Bookings may be on a shared table. Please let us know at the time of the booking should you prefer not to share, and subject to availability we'll do our best to accommodate your request.
DOORS OPEN AT 7.30PM
MUSIC STARTS AFTER DINNER SERVICE, AROUND 9.30PM
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SUPPORT ACT FOR THIS SHOW
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
When General Admission Ticket sales have closed on the day of the show they may still be available at the door on the night. Additionally dinner and show tickets may also be available. Please ring the club on (02) 9251 2797
All patrons must be over the age of 18
Once purchased tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable
(applies to both Standing and Dinner sales)
Please ensure you bring photo ID as proof of age
A booking fee applies to all advance tickets. (All quoted prices include tax).
Dress is Smart/Casual at Manager's discretion. No thongs.
RESTAURANT OPENING TIMES
Mon to Fri: Lunch from midday to 2.00 pm, Dinner from 7.30 pm.
Sat & Sun: Dinner from 7.30 pm
Bistro: Open til late for the best light meals, late night suppers and coffees in town.