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.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.
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.
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