Singer Farka Toure returns

Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré returns to the UK for a ten-date tour, taking in the Komedia, Brighton on February 15.

Spokeswoman Ilka Schlockermann said: “Emerging out of the shadow of his famous father – beloved African superstar Ali Farka Touré - Vieux Farka Touré has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in modern history.

“His latest record and his third studio album, The Secret, was produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno, and features collaborations with guitar greats, Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) and jazz-guitar maestro John Scofield, as well as an inspired vocal contribution from South African-born singer Dave Matthews.

“Vieux Farka Touré represents a generational bridge connecting American and African blues music and culture.”

Ilse added: “It’s simply impossible to burden Vieux with old associations. When you hear that guitar rip over those blues progressions, when you hear the electric buzz of his rock-influenced solos, you don’t stop to think what nation the man is from - you simply become engulfed in the music.”