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Recorded in just a few sessions with no rehearsals, this GRAMMY®-winning 2006 album is a meeting of giants. The contrast should have been stark—Ali Farka Touré’s guitar speaks of Mali’s parched desert north, while notes spill from Toumani Diabaté’s kora like water in the fertile south—but, instead, it’s a strikingly fresh and spontaneous rendering of Bambara and Songhai classics. Touré sets aside his searing guitar style, finding sweetness in everything from the transcendent opener, “Debe,” to the delightful “Mayor of Niafunke.”

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Great album!

Though I'm not a big fan of pure instrumental music (which this pretty much is), there is something magical and mesmerizing about it that you just can't define. As other reviewers have said, give it a few listens - it sounds better every time. Highly recommended!

Amazing music

I normally never write reviews (just too lazy), but this music is amazing. A must buy, especially good for relaxing after a long day.


Born: 1939 in Timbuktu

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most internationally successful West African musicians of the '90s, Ali Farka Touré was described as "the African John Lee Hooker" so many times that it probably began to grate on both Touré's and Hooker's nerves. There is a lot of truth to the comparison, however, and it isn't exactly an insult. The guitarist, who also played other instruments such as calabash and bongos, shared with Hooker (and similar American bluesmen like Lightnin' Hopkins) a predilection for low-pitched vocals and...
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