Monday, September 8, 2008

Around The World (45)

Hello, Around the Worldmusic stays in the desert, this time with the (last week)Touareg neighbours the Malinese . Ali Farka Touré plays his guitar in sync with desert life and when he recorded this album he was already getting on . for a sixtyfour year old life holds holds little surprises save that what nature displays for enjoyment. His In The Heart Of The Moon, reached the other side of the world that honoured the man. who played his guitar whilst mesmerising, with another Grammy....been on a boat like that (cover) sailing lake Assouan (Egypt Nile reservoir)..wonderful day that was....

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Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté - In The Heart Of The Moon (05 * 99mb)

Ali Farka Toure was born in 1939 on the banks of the Niger River in northwestern Malian region of Tombouctou. He was the tenth son of his mother but the only one to survive past infancy. His nickname, “Farka”, chosen by his parents, means “donkey” - an animal admired for its tenacity and stubbornness.

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Touré was often known as “the African John Lee Hooker”. Musically, the many superpositions of guitars and rhythms in his music were similar to John Lee Hooker’s hypnotic blues style. He usually sang in one of several African languages. His international breakthrough album, Ali Farka Touré (88), established his reputation in the world music community. His 6th World Circuit album 1994’s Talking Timbuktu, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, sold well in western markets and got him his first Grammy Award. After a hiatus from releases in America and Europe Touré reappeared in 1999 with the release of Niafunké.

In 2004 Touré became mayor of Niafunké and spent his own money grading the roads, putting in sewer canals and fuelling a generator that provided the impoverished town with electricity.In September 2005, he released the album In the Heart of the Moon, a collaboration with Toumani Diabaté, for which he received a second Grammy award. On 7 March 2006 the Ministry of Culture of Mali announced Touré 's death at age 66 in Bamako from bone cancer, against which he had been battling for some time. His last album, Savane, was posthumously released in July 2006. It was received with wide acclaim by professionals and fans alike and has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Contemporary World Music Album”

01 - Debe (4:55)
02 - Kala (5:06)
03 - Mamadou Boutiquier (5:04)
04 - Monsieur Le Maire De Niafunké (3:58)
05 - Kaira (6:24)
06 - Simbo (4:00)
07 - Ai Ga Bani (4:34)
08 - Soumbou Ya Ya (3:30)
09 - Naweye Toro (4:23)
10 - Kadi Kadi (3:21)
11 - Gomni (4:17)
12 - Hawa Dolo (5:00)

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