This month, New England is full of opportunities to see performances by French-speaking artists.
Check out the upcoming concerts below:
 

Pierre Bensusan

4/21 at Signature Sounds- Northampton, MA
Buy tickets HERE
4/23 at Wakefield Music – South Kingstown, RI
Buy tickets HERE
4/27 at Red & Shorty’s – Dover, NH
Buy tickets HERE 
4/28 at One Longfellow – Portland, ME
Buy tickets HERE 
4/29 at CedarHouse Sound – North Sutton, NH
 
About the Artist 
 
If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.
Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, the Algerian-born Pierre Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique. 
 

Tinariwen

4/14 at Royale - Boston, MA
Buy tickets HERE
 
About the Artist
 
Until recently, Tinariwen was associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The band ditched this cliché on their fifth album Tassili and it’s for the best. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and on this new album they have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. 
 

Vieux Farka Toure

4/07 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts – Boston, MA
Buy tickets HERE
 
About the Artist
 
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. 
Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Vieux has performed all around the world, including at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June 2010. However, Vieux's talent extends past his guitar playing. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.
Royale 279 Tremont St, Boston, MA

French Gigs in April!

When
Throughout April!
Where
Royale
279 Tremont St, Boston, MA
This month, New England is full of opportunities to see performances by French-speaking artists.
Check out the upcoming concerts below:
 

Pierre Bensusan

4/21 at Signature Sounds- Northampton, MA
Buy tickets HERE
4/23 at Wakefield Music – South Kingstown, RI
Buy tickets HERE
4/27 at Red & Shorty’s – Dover, NH
Buy tickets HERE 
4/28 at One Longfellow – Portland, ME
Buy tickets HERE 
4/29 at CedarHouse Sound – North Sutton, NH
 
About the Artist 
 
If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.
Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, the Algerian-born Pierre Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique. 
 

Tinariwen

4/14 at Royale - Boston, MA
Buy tickets HERE
 
About the Artist
 
Until recently, Tinariwen was associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The band ditched this cliché on their fifth album Tassili and it’s for the best. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and on this new album they have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. 
 

Vieux Farka Toure

4/07 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts – Boston, MA
Buy tickets HERE
 
About the Artist
 
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. 
Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Vieux has performed all around the world, including at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June 2010. However, Vieux's talent extends past his guitar playing. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.
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