Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara" is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Toure 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.