RIP: Ali Farka Touré 1939-2006

Ali Farka Touré has passed away. A sad loss.

I have listened to Ali Farka Touré’s music for years. He was an incredible guitarist from Africa and blended traditional tribal rhythms and melodies with modern themes and technologies.

He was also one to often experiment with styles well foreign to his native Africa.

In particular, I frequently return to Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder’s Talking Timbuktu album. Absolutely sublime blend of Cooder’s American Roots with Touré’s African Blues. It earned Ali his first Grammy in 1995.

Awesome stuff. Ali Farka Touré will be missed, but his legacy shall live on!

Update: This morning, I picked up Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabate’s In the Heart of the Moon. Another awesome album. All instrumental guitar and keyboard work with some nice rhythms. Also earned Ali his second Grammy.

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2 Responses to “RIP: Ali Farka Touré 1939-2006”

  1. Christian says:

    Didn’t know you like African music. I enjoyed Radio Mali. Still want to check out his other records.

    Ever listened to Issa Bagayogo? I really like Tassoumakan. Alpha YaYa Diallo is a great guitarist as well. Unfortunately, there’s only one of his records available on ITMS. Amassakoul from Tinariwen is fun. And of course everything from Fela.

  2. Coty's Weblog says:

    Ali Farka Touré Passed Away Yesterday

    Jeff IMed me to let me know. I didn’t even realize he had been ill. If you haven’t heard his music, then you owe it to yourself to give it a listen: Ali Farka Touré. I think I first heard

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