Personalities | Ali Farka Touré | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, gurkel, n’jarka, vocals, 1939–2006)

Touré based his distinctive style on the music of his native Mali and on American blues and R&B – in particular John Lee Hooker, whose simple yet inimitable hypnotic drones are echoed in Touré’s songs. Five earlier albums had made Touré a cult favourite when his 1994 Grammy-winning collaboration with slide guitarist Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu, elevated him to éminence grise of the world music scene.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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