Toureâ€™s Music Lives On
The album is simply breathtaking, and exhibits a variety of styles. It is filled with tension and passion that flowed out of Africa's best-known blues guitarist.
(Ali Farka---you can just tell this man loved life. No?)
Ali Farka Toure, the Malian legend, was larger than music.
He died on March 26 2006 and was accorded a posthumous Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mali, the country's highest honor, and a state funeral attended by all the country's senior politicians and major music stars as well as thousands of ordinary people. Listening to Ali F Toure's music is a reminder of where blues music originated.Â His blues style was unique and hypnotic. He usually sang in one of several African languages, mostly Songhay, Fulfulde and Tamasheq.Â
His last album is Savane, which was the third of a trilogy of albums recorded at
His first Grammy win was for the album Talking
The album is simply breathtaking, and exhibits a variety of styles. It is filled with tension and passion that flowed out of
So he taught himself how to play Guita, or the gurkel, a single string African guitar that he chose because of its power to draw out the spirits. He also taught himself the njarka, a single string fiddle that became a popular part of his performance to the end.
Toure developed another concernâ€”that young Malians didn't know enough about their country's extraordinary and rich musical traditions. This led him to set up an ngoni band with local musicians including Bassekou Kouyat. Savane is the result of this project.
The opening track, on Savane, Erdi, works well in determining the direction of the album. This song is raw with that distinct ngoni sound. It also featuredÂ the njarka.Â He follows up with a lighter track, Yer Bounda Farashows, off his guitar skills.Â It is aÂ bluesy and melodic peace. Beto, the third track has a more upbeat rhythm to it, again his guitar riffs are driving this song, and it features on Sax, Pee Wee Ellis, who has played with James Brown.
Savane, which is the title track, comes next. Toure shows some versatility here, giving something close to a Reggae rhythm to this track. Another memorable track is Machengoidi, which begins with wailing guitar, sounds like Toure's answer to the blues from the fields of
This all together a very decent collection of Malian songs. If you are to buy just one album from Toure then this clear is the one to pick, for its diversity and passion that came out of
Ocen Allimadi is The Black Star Newsâ€™ music editor. Send all review materials including CDs, tapes and DVDs to Ocen Allimadi, 16 Curran House,
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