Dubbed the “Hendrix of the Sahara” by critics, Vieux Farka Touré mixes tradition from his roots in Mali with American blues and jazz to create a shimmering sonic fusion. His new album Mon Pays (My Country) was recorded as homage to his homeland, which has been splintered by violence.
Toure was scheduled to celebrate his new album’s release with a free concert at Schenectady Central Park’s Mausic Haven this summer, but the the concert was cancelled due to a storm. Now he and his band are finally ready to hit a Nippertown stage. The concert is a benefit for the Sanctuary for Independent Media, and tickets are $20.
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