07 March 2006

Ali Farka Toure Moves On

News reports this morning bear the sad news that Malian guitar great Ali Farka Toure has died. Sometimes called the "African John Lee Hooker," Toure won a Grammy award recently for his duet album with Toumani Diabate, called In the Heart of the Moon. It was his second Grammy, following one in 1994 for Talking Timbuktu, his collaboration with Ry Cooder.

Toure died in the capitol, Bamako, but will be buried in his hometown of Niafunke. He was elected mayor of Niafunke in 2004.

Toure's record label, World Circuit, reports that he had just finished work on a new solo album. So fans will be cosoled in their grief with new music from the guitar master.

Articles on Toure: Mali Music, Wikipedia, Afropop Worldwide
Articles on Toure's passing: BBC, Reuters, CBC
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Anonymous said...

This is sad news. Another great one passed away.

Richard said...

We lost a great one. The 1st time I saw him perform was at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA (this was sort of Ry's musical home) just after Talking Timbuktu came out. The performance was incredibly intense & incredibly spiritual. I felt like each note had meaning & I mean that literally. The silence between the notes had meaning. I swear to you it was true. Amazing stuff. Long live your immortal soul, Ali.