This Malian guitarist, singer and songwriter has long crept out of the shadow of his father, the late, great Ali Farka Toure, kicking off his international career shortly before his father’s passing with the release of his self-titled album (World Village) in 2007. The album was recorded with his father’s participation and blessings, even though at first he wasn’t too happy about his son embarking onto the uncertainties of a musical career.
From there, the recognition was almost immediate—that same year, he appeared in key stages in North America that gave him wide exposure, and that culminated in his participation in the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg alongside the likes of Shakira and Alicia Keys. He has since released two solo records. 2008’s excellent “The Secret” featured contributions from Derek Trucks and Dave Matthews. He is currently working on his side project Toure-Reichel Collective, a collaboration with Israeli musician Idan Reichel while also working on his own solo material.
Touré’s guitar style is very blues-influenced, and he also has a poignant, mourning voice when he sings. He is prone to long, stretched-out solos when performing live, making use of both African and American blues scales—a feast to any music fan. (Ernest Barteldes)
Thursday, September 11, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph,6pm, free.