When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

07 March 2006

Ali Farka Toure, R.I.P.

One of Africa's best known musicians, Ali Farka Toure, has died after a long illness in his home country of Mali, the culture ministry has announced.

He was one of the pioneers of "Mali Blues" and his 1994 Talking Timbuktu album produced with US blues guitarist Ry Cooder was widely acclaimed.
I've been a huge Toure fan ever since a co-worker gave me a CD about seven years ago and said, "Here, you *have* to listen to this." Guess I know what I'll be listening to today.

BBC NEWS | Africa | African star Ali Farka Toure dies

See also: Ali Farke Toure obituary (BBC)

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