VIEUX FARKA TOURE plus Markus James - West Africa Blues

VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ plus MARKUS JAMES, along with Amandou Camara (dun duns) and Arsene Kounde (drums) will be playing at Yoshi's San Francisco.

click here for Yoshi's event information

Here's a video of Vieux Farka Toure & Markus  James performing at The Independent


Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré,  has already stepped out from his late father’s shadow. Ali Farka Touré  proved – in case anyone ever doubted it – that the soul of the blues  could be found in West Africa. His son Vieux is turning heads with a  more radical idea: that those western Saharan roots can be heard in  everything from the jam band scene to Jamaican dub.

Vieux Farka Touré website and   facebook page





Markus James has been recording original, Blues-based music with traditional West African musicians since 1994, when he made his way to the Northern Mali village of Niafounke, home of the legendary Sonrai musician Ali Farka Toure, who became Markus’ friend and inspiration.

Markus’ recordings have been warmly received in the US and Europe, and he has been honored to have tracks included on 2 compilation sets: “Sahara – Blues of The Desert” (Union Square) and “Desert Blues III” (Network), alongside such great artists as Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal, Tinariwen and others.

Markus’ longterm collaborations with 3 traditional Malian musicians in Timbuktu was the subject of the award-winning documentary film “Timbuktoubab”, seen on many PBS stations around the US. In Mali, Markus has performed at the Festival In The Desert 3 times, and at the Ali Farka Toure festival twice. In the US Markus performs with West African artists based here, and has appeared at California Worldfest, Strawberry Music Festival, and Chico World Music festival

Markus James website and  facebook page


6pm meet in the bar area at Yoshi's San Francisco for a drink or bite to eat and meet others in the group to socialize.

7pm show - organizer to arrange seating for the group

To confirm you RSVP for this event:

  1. Purchase your ticket in person at Yoshi's OR online & select the "Open Seating" option for $25  click here to buy tickets
  2. Send me a message that you purchased your ticket - including First & Last Name they were purchased under.
  3. Deadline for sending me your name & that you purchased tickets is 6pm on Sat., Feb. 1st!

If you do not purchase your ticket & send me a message with the name, I will not be able to  arrange your reserved seating with the group.  Yoshi's has requested that I give them the names for the tickets purchased so they will handle the seating reservation for our group.  I really appreciate it if you can help me out by doing this. 

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  • Cindy

    What a wonderful, extra long show with Markus James opening up with his blues & Vieux Farka Toure mesmerizing the audience & getting them up on their feet dancing! Good to meet some new members of the group.

    February 4, 2013

  • Doug

    Vieux Farka mesmerized the audience with unique guitar riffs, and creative chord changes. You couldn't help tapping your feet and with some of the songs, getting up and dancing.
    The terrific bluesy, Mississippi blues box guitar work of Markus James made you wonder why he was just an opening act and not a principal performer.
    Much thanks to Cindy for finding these gems and doing a great job of organizing.
    A memorable evening.

    February 4, 2013

  • Rita

    Wonderful. Markus James & the West Africa Blues had a great sound, and I enjoyed their rhythem. And Vieux had a great sound, and the audience really got into them.

    February 4, 2013

  • Cindy

    I'm here in the bar area at Yoshi's against the curved wall.

    February 3, 2013

  • Cindy

    As of 5pm on Sat. Feb 2nd, I have the following people confirmed for seating reservation: Doug +1, Robin, Leslie, Linda, Rita, Stuart & Ann +1. Please send me a message by 9am on Sunday, Feb 3rd that you purchased ticket & name purchased under for the seating reservation. See you at 6pm in the bar area at Yoshi's. I will be sending a message to attendees with my cell #.

    February 2, 2013

  • Ann S.

    Hi Cindy I have purchased two tickets because I am bringing another person.

    February 2, 2013

  • stuart l.

    Hi Cindy,

    I will be taking Rita on Sunday. I will have my ticket by tomorrow night as I will be going to Yoshi's tomorrow.


    January 31, 2013

  • stuart l.

    Anybody want to carpool from North Oakland/Berkeley to this event?


    January 26, 2013

    • Rita

      I'd love to carpool. I'll buy my tix tomorrow if I get a response to carpool with you.

      January 28, 2013

    • Rita

      If someone would like a person to ride with them. I'm your gail. Please let me know. I'm going to attend, and I'm looking forward to this one.

      January 29, 2013

  • David N.

    You've done a fantastic job of organizing this event!

    January 24, 2013

    • Cindy

      Thanks, David. Hope we see you at an event soon!

      January 25, 2013

  • Cindy

    Last year I saw Vieux Farka Toure play with Idan Raichel, pianist as The Toure-Raichel Collective and their album "The Tel Aviv Session. Really loved this combination of West Africa rhythms and Israel melody.

    Looking forward to hearing Vieux Farka Toure play more blues influenced music with Markus James.

    January 12, 2013

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