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Africa - Released March 28, 1994 | World Circuit

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Before taking his friend Wim Wenders to Havana and hitting the jackpot by producing the Cuban grandpas that would soon be known throughout the world under the name Buena Vista Social Club, the American guitarist Ry Cooder took an interest in the grooves from the doors of the Malian desert and the unforgettable guitar playing of Ali Farka Touré. Supervised by the English label World Circuit, this summit meeting between the gentleman farmer/guitarist from Niafunké and the Rolling Stones’ partner (on Sticky Fingers) who created the soundtrack for film Paris, Texas, has gone down in history and earned a Grammy Award for its authors. The ten pieces sung by Ali in Pular, Bambara, Songhay or Tamasheq have been composed in Mali and recorded in Los Angeles. For the party, Ry Cooder has invited bass player John Patitucci, drummer Jim Keltner and Louisiana veteran Gatemouth Brown, on guitar and violin to come and meet their rolling groove brothers from Mali; Ali Farka Touré, on guitar and njarka (a violin with a single chord), drummer and singer Hamma Sankaré on calabash and drummer Oumar Touré on congas. The two teams are on exactly the same wavelength and give the illusion that their two homelands have gotten closer, that the Mississippi is the extension of the Niger River. It would be reductive to call their combined music blues, a label that Ali Farka Touré has always rejected. But it’s undeniable that this disc, which gave the Malian guitarist a worldwide audience, is and will remain a classic. © BM/Qobuz

Africa - Released March 23, 2018 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released June 27, 2005 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released January 1, 1999 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released November 1, 1991 | World Circuit

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African guitarist Ali Farka Toure's previous releases were wonderful mixes of traditional language and rhythms being supported by contemporary concerns, instrumentalists, and producers. His most recent session features his working band backing Toure in a series of impassioned, animated tunes that are done in both his native tongue and English. The similarity between Toure's sparse playing and percussive writing and early blues songs has been noted. What also deserves mention is the cohesive qualities his band have and the way his electric and acoustic playing, with its light, frilly air, fills in the spaces underneath his vocals easily. ~ Ron Wynn
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Africa - Released July 17, 2006 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released January 1, 1990 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released June 30, 1996 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released January 1, 1988 | World Circuit

Africa - Released January 1, 1988 | Sonodisc

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World - Released January 26, 2010 | Nonesuch

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