VIEUX FARKA TOURE

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981, the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux’s live performances are highly energised; dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar.

As a passionate champion for the people of Mali and The Sahel, Vieux founded the charity Amahrec Sahel in 2012 that provides school supplies and musical instruments for children and young musicians in Mali and supports an orphanage in Bamako.

Vieux is also the director of The Ali Farka Touré Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to the preservation of Ali’s legacy and the cultural growth of Mali.

Vieux Farka Touré has clearly established himself as one of the world’s rare musical talents and guitar virtuosos with a distinct style that always pays homage to the past while looking towards the future.

VIEUX FARKA TOURE

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981, the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux’s live performances are highly energised; dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar.

As a passionate champion for the people of Mali and The Sahel, Vieux founded the charity Amahrec Sahel in 2012 that provides school supplies and musical instruments for children and young musicians in Mali and supports an orphanage in Bamako.

Vieux is also the director of The Ali Farka Touré Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to the preservation of Ali’s legacy and the cultural growth of Mali.

Vieux Farka Touré has clearly established himself as one of the world’s rare musical talents and guitar virtuosos with a distinct style that always pays homage to the past while looking towards the future.

AMADOU & MARIAM

For more than 40 years, Amadou & Mariam have joyfully combined their love story with a musical career while becoming, discreetly but surely, the most famous ambassadors for Malian and African music all around the world.

Amadou & Mariam have collaborated with many different people and worked with producers that seem far removed from their universe including Damon Albarn of Blur and Manu Chao.

They have invited the best artists who are building tomorrow’s pop music to join them on their songs (Santigold, TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and have had their tracks remixed by Yuksek, Vitalic, Henrik Schwarz, Miike Snow and Ashley Beedle, leading the songs to the dance floor and underlining their intrinsically danceable quality.

They’ve played the world’s biggest festivals from Coachella to Glastonbury, and opened for huge bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters.

By introducing to the world the richness and subtleties of African music, the duo has brought African music to the charts and to the dance floor.

AMADOU & MARIAM

For more than 40 years, Amadou & Mariam have joyfully combined their love story with a musical career while becoming, discreetly but surely, the most famous ambassadors for Malian and African music all around the world.

Amadou & Mariam have collaborated with many different people and worked with producers that seem far removed from their universe including Damon Albarn of Blur and Manu Chao.

They have invited the best artists who are building tomorrow’s pop music to join them on their songs (Santigold, TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and have had their tracks remixed by Yuksek, Vitalic, Henrik Schwarz, Miike Snow and Ashley Beedle, leading the songs to the dance floor and underlining their intrinsically danceable quality.

They’ve played the world’s biggest festivals from Coachella to Glastonbury, and opened for huge bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters.

By introducing to the world the richness and subtleties of African music, the duo has brought African music to the charts and to the dance floor.

SONGHOY BLUES

Sons of Mali. Ground breaking Artists. Refugees. Virtuosos. Survivors. Rock Stars. Unforgettable & undeniable, SONGHOY BLUES represent the future of African rock n’ roll. Born from civil war & a shared rejection of Sharia law nearly 10 years ago.

SONGHOY BLUES embody a unique & remarkable journey from refugees to budding rock stars. Featured in the 2015 award-winning documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First” about the plight of musicians in war-torn Mali, these are 4 young men with firsthand knowledge of the violence & vagaries resulting from a country torn by tumult & divided by ideology.

Their response has been to fight back using the most powerful weapon they have – their music. Now how f*cking punk rock is that, you ask? How about Iggy Pop-level (who featured on their 2017 single, “SAHARA”).

SONGHOY BLUES

Sons of Mali. Ground breaking Artists. Refugees. Virtuosos. Survivors. Rock Stars. Unforgettable & undeniable, SONGHOY BLUES represent the future of African rock n’ roll. Born from civil war & a shared rejection of Sharia law nearly 10 years ago.

SONGHOY BLUES embody a unique & remarkable journey from refugees to budding rock stars. Featured in the 2015 award-winning documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First” about the plight of musicians in war-torn Mali, these are 4 young men with firsthand knowledge of the violence & vagaries resulting from a country torn by tumult & divided by ideology.

Their response has been to fight back using the most powerful weapon they have – their music. Now how f*cking punk rock is that, you ask? How about Iggy Pop-level (who featured on their 2017 single, “SAHARA”).

OMG OUMY GUEYE

Born on in 2007 in Rufisque, a former colonial town in the capital in Dakar, Oumy Gueye, better known as OMG is a Senegalese singer and rapper. OMG Means OuMy Gueye.

At a young age influenced by her rapper uncle and musically-minded sister, she began to cover artists like Maria Carey and Celine Dione and shape her own journey into music.

At high school in 2010 she began singing at ceremonies and doing choruses for students who were starting to rap. In 2012 she joined the label DD Records and released her first single titled “Hey Girl” in 2013. The following year she produced the anthem of the “Dak’Art” biennial.

2016 found OMG releasing her first EP “FEEM” (Engaged Women and Entrepreneurs in Music) in collaboration with Mamy.

Her first solo project titled “Zik De FAM” was released in 2017. She was among the 10 finalists for the Prix Decouvertes RFI in 2017 and 2018. She won the award for the Women’s Best Hip Hop in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at the GHHA. She also won the award for Best Singer of 2018 at the RAAYA Music Awards and Women of the Year in 2021.

OMG OUMY GUEYE

Born on in 2007 in Rufisque, a former colonial town in the capital in Dakar, Oumy Gueye, better known as OMG is a Senegalese singer and rapper. OMG Means OuMy Gueye.

At a young age influenced by her rapper uncle and musically-minded sister, she began to cover artists like Maria Carey and Celine Dione and shape her own journey into music.

At high school in 2010 she began singing at ceremonies and doing choruses for students who were starting to rap. In 2012 she joined the label DD Records and released her first single titled “Hey Girl” in 2013. The following year she produced the anthem of the “Dak’Art” biennial.

2016 found OMG releasing her first EP “FEEM” (Engaged Women and Entrepreneurs in Music) in collaboration with Mamy.

Her first solo project titled “Zik De FAM” was released in 2017. She was among the 10 finalists for the Prix Decouvertes RFI in 2017 and 2018. She won the award for the Women’s Best Hip Hop in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at the GHHA. She also won the award for Best Singer of 2018 at the RAAYA Music Awards and Women of the Year in 2021.

TAL NATIONAL

Tal National are from Niamey, the capital of the land locked West African country of Niger. The band formed in 2000, starting first as a hobby for 3 friends, and by 2009 established themselves as the most popular and successful band in Niger. Other Nigerien bands have made a bigger splash outside of Niger (ie Bombino), but within the borders of home – Tal National are the superstars.

In this joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music, with its lightening fast rhythms and rotating cast of vocalists, can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. 

Music critics have been impressed by the vibrancy and originality of Tal National. The band was included in a New York Times “10 Best Albums of 2013” list, and were featured on the cover of the prominent UK music magazine Roots in the November 2015 issue.

TAL NATIONAL

Tal National are from Niamey, the capital of the land locked West African country of Niger. The band formed in 2000, starting first as a hobby for 3 friends, and by 2009 established themselves as the most popular and successful band in Niger. Other Nigerien bands have made a bigger splash outside of Niger (ie Bombino), but within the borders of home – Tal National are the superstars.

In this joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music, with its lightening fast rhythms and rotating cast of vocalists, can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. 

Music critics have been impressed by the vibrancy and originality of Tal National. The band was included in a New York Times “10 Best Albums of 2013” list, and were featured on the cover of the prominent UK music magazine Roots in the November 2015 issue.

BASSEKOU KOUYATE

Bassekou Kouyate’s extraordinary musical journey shows that he is unquestionably the most innovative and exciting Malian musician to have emerged in recent years.

Having defied tradition, he continues to push the boundaries of his ancient musical heritage, bringing his music to audiences around the world with his phenomenal live band Ngoni ba, comprising of his wife Amy Sacko (a celebrated Malian singer often hailed as ‘the Tina Turner of Mali’), and featuring the ngoni in several differing tonal sizes, and percussion (talking drum, Yabara, and Calebasse).

He has also released several internationally acclaimed albums; the latest, Miri, earning him ‘Best Artist’ in the Songlines Magazine Music Awards in 2020.

BASSEKOU KOUYATE

Bassekou Kouyate’s extraordinary musical journey shows that he is unquestionably the most innovative and exciting Malian musician to have emerged in recent years.

Having defied tradition, he continues to push the boundaries of his ancient musical heritage, bringing his music to audiences around the world with his phenomenal live band Ngoni ba, comprising of his wife Amy Sacko (a celebrated Malian singer often hailed as ‘the Tina Turner of Mali’), and featuring the ngoni in several differing tonal sizes, and percussion (talking drum, Yabara, and Calebasse).

He has also released several internationally acclaimed albums; the latest, Miri, earning him ‘Best Artist’ in the Songlines Magazine Music Awards in 2020.

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