The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mali's Farka Toure Rocks Nairobi

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Vieux Farka Touré on stage.

Malian singer Bourelma "Vieux" Farka Toure also known as the '(Jimi) Hendrix of the Sahara' performed at the Alliance Francaise, Nairobi to a full house on Wednesday evening.

Despite the huge demand at the ticketing desk that saw many locked out, the singer-guitarist gave a dazzling performance that saw the crowd dancing, singing and clapping along. For a man that speaks eight languages, he resonated with every nationality that was represented at the concert.

Toure is the son of the legendary Malian guitarist, the late Grammy award winning Ali Farka Toure but he has however carved out his own niche with his trademark desert blues to make him one of the most celebrated African guitarists in recent times.

Toure, who is on an 17 country tour, performed hit after hit from his albums especially his latest one The Tel Aviv Session which after being released last year, was hailed as a masterpiece.

The concert also marked the official beginning of the Alliance Francaise 2013 cultural session.

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