Fortunately my schedule allows me to be free at noon on Thursdays for BAM's R&B series, and fortunately that series extends to a wide breadth of African musicians. (This year also included Tony Allen and Michael Rose.) The one show I could not miss was Mali's searing guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure (vieuxfarkatoure.com). As with every time I've seen the man, I sat, transfixed, in awe, and appreciative of his easy going and, as you can see here during "Fafa," smileful demeanor.

View my photos from the event on National Geographic: worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/gallery/content.gallery/vieux_farka_toure_live/en_US?imageIndex=0

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