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Ali Farka Touré: In Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of his Death‏

Listen to/share a 4-track sampler of Touré’s music: https://goo.gl/8NmWnX

Watch/post Touré on BBC’s “Later with Jools Holland”: https://goo.gl/6ku6De

Ali Farka Touré, the great singer and guitarist from Mali, is one of the most important musicians in African music. Pioneer of the move from traditional to modern African music, the three-time GRAMMY winner was a crucial figure in the popularization of Malian music.

Touré became internationally famous through his solo albums, world tours and his collaboration with Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu. He also championed the careers of fellow Malian musicians Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyaté, Oumou Sangaré and Rokia Traoré, among others.

He developed a highly individual and instantly recognizable take on the traditional music of the north of Mali, transposing ancient techniques to the Western guitar. Widely regarded as the missing link between African music and the blues—Martin Scorsese famously referred to his music as “The DNA of the blues”—Touré is widely credited as having created “desert blues,” the musical style further popularized by Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death, Touré will be celebrated in his native Mali with a series of events this weekend, March 5–6, including an all-star concert in Bamako featuring some of Mali’s biggest stars; the final match of a football tournament in his honor (Touré was a huge fan of the sport); the laying of the foundation stone for Rue Ali Farka Touré; and an exhibition at the National Museum. Earlier this week musical memorials took place in his home village of Niafunké, which had until recently been occupied by jihadi forces who banned music in much of the north of Mali.

Touré was unique in Malian music for his mastery of the country’s many distinctive regional styles and is revered as personifying the unity of the Malian people at this difficult time in Mali’s history.

World Circuit Records will release a new Ali Farka Touré album later this year.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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