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Ali Farka Toure

Born: 1939 | Died: March 7, 2006    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Ali Farka Toure

A unique tale of a world respected musician, who deep in his heart considered himself but a humble farmer.

Ali Farka Touré was born in 1939 in the village of Kanau on the banks of the River Niger in the north west of Mali. He was his mothers’ tenth son but the first to survive infancy. When Ali was still an infant his father died while serving in the French army, and the family moved south along the river to Niafunké, the village Ali called home for the rest of his life. People make their living by farming, cattle herding and fishing. There is no tradition of music in his family, but he had a calling early on in life, becoming drawn to music by its power. He was a child of the river....
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Ali Farka Toure
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1988
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1990
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Shanachie
1990
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World Circuit
1991
La Drogue
Sonodisc
1994
Talking Timbuktu
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1994
Radio Mali
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1996
Niafunké
Hannibal
1999
Red and Green
Nonesuch
2005
In the Heart of the Moon
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2005
Savanne
Nonesuch
2006

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