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Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu

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These days the genre of desert blues boasts one of the most vibrant music movements around the world. The bands and musicians that are part of this genre come from an area that is spread across Western Africa that stretches from Mali to Libya gathering people of various ethnic groups. Artists such as Tinariwen, Terakaft, Boubakar Traore, Tamikrest, Bombino, Habib Koite, Vieux Farka Toure, Amadou and Miriam, to name but a few, can be seen and heard touring the world, ...

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Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate: Ali and Toumani

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Profound knowledge of African music is not a must to enjoy Ali and Toumani. This recording is the second collaboration between two legendary Malian artists, the now-deceased Ali Farka Touré and master kora player Toumani Diabaté. Ali Farka Touré has always been a truly exceptional and original guitarist and even in his death he remains the symbol of African guitar, as he was the first to introduce desert blues to the world. Diabaté is the world's foremost kora player and ...

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Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate: In the Heart of the Moon

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Mali may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but it surely is one of the richest when it comes to its folklore and tradition. There are places on this planet where music flows like a river and Mali is surely one of those places. In The Heart of the Moon is a collaboration between guitarist Ali Farka Toure and kora (lute-harp) player Toumani Diabate. Although they belong to different traditions and come from different ...

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Ali Farka Toure: Red & Green

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Much has been said about the West African origins of the blues, but the only real concensus is that the music of Mali, particularly from the north, sounds remarkably similar to early African American forms that emerged first in the Mississippi Delta, then later in Chicago and beyond. This information comes as no surprise to the elder statesman of Malian blues, Ali Farka Toure, who has been rather outspoken in his assertion that American artists have borrowed from his music, ...

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Ali Farka Toure: Red & Green

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The link between Africa and America, i.e. whether there is still a surviving link that exists from the period of the slave trade, has been a subject of numerous explorations, assumptions, projects, movies (Feels like Goin' Home by Scorsese). In all the regions worldwide there were people that went to all kinds of places, recording songs and thus evidencing the legacy of different folk cultures. One of the most evident examples about that link between Africa and North America is ...


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