Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ali Farka Toure is dead



'One of Africa's best known musicians, Ali Farka Toure, has died after a long illness in his home country of Mali... 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. Toure, who was in his late 60s, won two Grammy awards for his work. In 2004, he was elected mayor of his home town of Niafunke on the shores of the River Niger in northern Mali...' More

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