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Ali Farka Touré


Baliky Lalo and La Drogue and Cheri

RIP, Ali.

Ali Farka Touré was perhaps the most influential and widely celebrated African musician in history. He adapted his ancestral music to the 6-string guitar. The results are brilliant. I won’t say much more, there’s been more than enough written on Ali in the last while. I’m too lazy to link most of it here, but you can get a good start with NPR’s tribute piece and Banning Eyre’s Village Voice obit.

Side note: this tape reminds me of John Fahey, another enormously influential late folk/roots guitar hero.

A good record that includes music from this era of his career.


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June 29, 2006 at 2:09 am

i could die for the ali farka and toumani record – though i don’t it! 1 or 2 weeks ago the awesome karl lippegaus brought a 2 hour feature about toure on the german deutschlandradio berlin. i nearly cried with this beautiful music.
maybe you want to check out my side on, but I just have one post so far – a early Material record: “Memory Serves”.
I really love Awsome tapes from Africa – and someday I post all may Mahmoud Ghania tapes I bought in Morocco.

October 18, 2006 at 3:35 pm

sight is dope just found it. consider yourself bookmarked!

keep up the great work. peace.

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November 26, 2006 at 9:51 pm

Very cool blog. I found it while searching for info on Alhaji K Frimpong — I heard him on the radio in a taxi in Tamale and was immediately hooked.

Hope to see some more posts.

December 2, 2006 at 9:22 pm

Great music here, thanks! Unfortunately the older links to music don’t work anymore. Keep this up please :)

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May 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.

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October 2, 2014 at 11:02 am

This is a truly wonderful blog but I cannot download this Ali Farka Toure cassette. I receive a log in screen instead. May the admin please fix this error and re-upload this cassette? I would love to be able to get a copy of this cassette. Sincerely a huge fan. Please continue this great work :).

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