WANT TO GO?
With Steep Canyon Rangers, Vieux Farka Toure, Robbie Fulks, Mason Jennings and The Greencards.
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets $15, at the door $25.
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- African and world music star Vieux Farka Toure comes from an impressive musical lineage. His father, Ali Farka Toure, was a guitar legend whose music represented a blend of traditional Malian music and the Blues.
Ali Farka Toure died in 2006. His son, Vieux, took up the music shortly before his father's passing, released his first record a year later and has slowly built a name for himself internationally.
Sunday night, he performs on "Mountain Stage." The Gazz reached out to Toure in an email interview to ask the guitarist about his life and career.
Q:Your father wanted you to become a soldier. Why?
A:My father wanted me to have a good, honorable job that was not full of bad people like many that he encountered in the music business. So I think this is why he wanted me to go to the army. But honestly I dont know exactly his reason for wishing this for me. But I know that he did not like the music business and he did not want me to go into it unless I was really determined to work hard and make my life that way, not just because I wanted to be a rock star or something like that.
Q:What kind of music was played in your home growing up?