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Chastity Brown to join Vieux Farka Touré at Dakota Jazz Club Saturday

Photo by Nate Ryan, courtesy Chastity Brown

Tomorrow night, Saturday, Oct. 3, Chastity Brown will join Vieux Farka Touré at the Dakota Jazz Club. Brown will be stepping in for NYC-based singer Julia Easterlin—Touré’s tour collaborator, who was unable to perform for the Minneapolis show.

Born in Niafunké, Mali, Touré – often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara” – is the son of the late legendary Malian guitar player, Ali Farka Touré. His unique sound blends his roots with rock, Latin, and other African influences. Throughout his career, Touré has recorded multiple critically acclaimed albums and collaborated with various artists. This year, Touré is preparing to release a collaborative album with Easterlin titled Touristes.

Brown has been recently growing in popularity internationally thanks to a circuit of European shows. Though she lives in Minneapolis, she’s originally from Tennessee. Speaking with Andrea Swensson this spring, Brown described her decision to scrap an album she’d been working on. “I got into the studio to sing on the first track, and I opened my mouth to sing, and I realized that I was a guest singer on my own f***ing album.” She’s currently working on her new album—at her own pace.

Brown will be playing at the beginning of the show, but may also join Touré and his band on stage for a few songs, according to a press release. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.; tickets ($28-35) and more information are available online.

Mackenzie Martin is a podcast enthusiast and senior at Macalester College, where she majors in media & cultural studies.