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Ali Farka Toure

A unique tale of a world respected musician, who deep in his heart considered himself but a humble farmer. Ali Farka Touré was born in 1939 in the village of Kanau on the banks of the River Niger in the north west of Mali. He was his mothers’ tenth son but the first to survive infancy. When Ali was still an infant his father died while serving in the French army, and the family moved south along the river to Niafunké, the village Ali called home for the rest of his life. People make their living by farming, cattle herding and fishing. There is no tradition of music in his family, but he had a calling early on in life, becoming drawn to music by its power

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Les Rencontres AJC 2019

Read "Les Rencontres AJC 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Pan Piper, Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Cité de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris Les Rencontres AJC 2019 Paris December 2-4, 2019 Association Jazzé Croisé (AJC) extended its annual December meeting in Paris to a three-day program with French and Scandinavian showcases and an extensive program of talks and discussions. Here ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sandman Project: Royal Family

Read "Royal Family" reviewed by Chris May

Guitarist Tal Sandman's raw, groovecentric, transcultural Sandman Project draws a hefty chunk of its provenance from Ethio-jazz. The band's EP Royal Family does not contain enough improvisation to qualify as “jazz" however. Further, the Ethio-jazz in the mix, mostly contributed by trumpeter Tal Avraham and bass guitarist Shay Hazan, is less forward than the echoes of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Peo Alfonsi e Derek Gripper: chitarra classica, tra musica colta e popolare

Read "Peo Alfonsi e Derek Gripper: chitarra classica, tra musica colta e popolare" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Tra la musica cosiddetta “colta" di origine accademica e quella di matrice popolare probabilmente non è mai esistita una linea di separazione netta come molti (soprattutto in ambito classico) vorrebbero far credere. Troppe sono le influenze reciproche esercitate nel corso dei secoli, anche nonostante le diversità dei vari contesti storico-culturali che si sono avvicendati nel tempo. ...

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu

Read "Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power

Read "Ba Power" reviewed by James Nadal

African music is on an unprecedented upward spiral in terms of popularity and global recognition. Each country within Africa is subdivided into local provinces and territories, each with their own cultural traits and traditions. Mali, of course is no exception and has been in the forefront of this musical revival. Bassekou Kouyaté is a prominent representative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Awa Sangho: Ala Ta

Read "Ala Ta" reviewed by James Nadal

The ancient West African culture that spans across the sands of the Sahara has created a rich and vibrant musical legacy which continues to yield stimulating artists. Vocalist Awa Sangho hails from Mali, was raised in musically rich Bamako, and began her singing and composing career in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. There she honed her ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Publish the Quest Grooves on Inspiration from Southeast Asia to the Pulse of Africa

Femi Kuti waxes poetic with Seattle’s Publish the Quest members and bellows, “Gimme horns! Gimme horns!” opening the groovy pan-world pop band’s new album Then What!? (Late Night Sessions), and leading into the “Gimme hope! Gimme hope!” of Jacob Bain’s unrelenting optimism. Before you know it, you’re on your feet ready to dance and to sign ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Derek Gripper - Kora Guitar at DROM on September 10th

Derek Gripper - Kora Guitar at DROM on September 10th

Derek Gripper - African Kora For Guitar First Time Ever Sept 10 - at DROM - One Night Only - 8pm Come see the music of the African string-instrument, the Kora, performed as never before - on the guitar! This is unique music from a rich culture that will broaden your personal ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

Read "Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...


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