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Audio: Vieux Farka Touré's New Single "Aigna (Feat. Derek Trucks)" + U.S. Tour Dates


There’s a good chance that you’ve already seen gifted singer and transcendent guitarist Vieux Farka Touré perform. Assuming that you were among the 1 billion people who watched the World Cup last year, you would have seen Touré kick off the continent’s first World Cup in style, soulful funky style. If you didn’t see it, well... you should be ashamed of yourself. What was more important than watching the world’s premiere sporting event? I’m very disappointed in you.

But hey, now you have a chance to redeem yourself. Mali’s greatest guitar player (Not counting Vieux’s late father, Ali Touré, of course) has kicked off a new tour ahead of the release of his upcoming album The Secret, due out May 24. So far only May dates have been released, but he’s promised a more extensive schedule in the very near future.

Check out the 1st single, "Aigna (feat. Derek Trucks)" off his upcoming album The Secret (out May 24th).



Click after the jump for full tour dates.

Vieux Farka Touré U.S. Tour Dates:

Mon. May 16, 2011

Master Class with Vieux Farka Toure

St. Cyprian’s Church, San Francisco, CA

Tue. May 17, 2011

Mystic Theater

Petaluma, CA

Wed. May 18, 2011

The Center for the Arts

Grass Valley, CA

Thu. May 19, 2011

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

Fri. May 20, 2011

The Living Traditions Festival

Salt Lake City, UT

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