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