By Ali Farka Toure
with Ry Cooder.
Since this song of the day punctates one solid year of “Song Of The Day’s”, it had to have some special meaning to me. I purchased this album in Mexico City in 1997 at a Tower Records store on my way down to Central America via motorcycle.
Back in that time, digital music wasn't fully dialed in and I had to make the hard choice of either bringing just a few CDs from an enormous CD collection, of at least 1,500 albums, or no music at all. After about 2 months with no music and a shitty day, I broke down and purchased a portable CD player, this album, Bob Dylan “Time Out Of Mind” and Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”.
At this time, the music of Ali Farka Toure wasn't new to me but this album was. It made a huge impact on me then and still brings up a lot of memories from this adventure when i play it.
Ali Ibrahim "Ali Farka" Touré (31 October 1939 – 6 March 2006) was a Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, and one of the African…
Ali Ibrahim "Ali Farka" Touré (31 October 1939 – 6 March 2006) was a Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, and one of the African continent's most internationally renowned musicians. His music is widely regarded as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues. The belief that the latter is historically derived from the former is reflected in Martin Scorsese's often quoted characterization of Touré's tradition as constituting "the DNA of the blues". Touré was ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and number 37 on Spin magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
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