Vieux Farka Toure
Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", 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. ‚Ä®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 disapproved 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 Diabat√©, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.