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Ali Farka Toure Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B000024G7R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

This self-titled debut is an amazing collection, spotlighting the Malian guitarist in his full solo acoustic glory for a beautiful, intimate music that recalls American blues. The beauty of Ali Farka Toure lives in Toure's light, nimble touch on the strings as well as his flexible, reedy voice, which both perfectly complement his gentle, ambling rhythmic style. Tastier highlights include the cantering "Tchigi Fo", with haunting call-and-response sung in Songhai, and the oddly pastoral "Kadi Kadi", a sweet folk song about an encounter with a young woman and her gift of a gold chain. The Arabic praise song "Bakoye" is a comely love song that pulses with Ali's low, bubbling fingerpicking over which his voice soars in a lovely bucolic melody. "Amandrai", in both a studio and live version, is the kind of bluesy tune that's made Toure famous and earned him comparisons to Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. And in later releases, we indeed witness the Malian master collaborating with such Western artists as the Chieftains and Taj Mahal, but this loner of a debut features the guitarist's talents in a quietly understated, purely African light. --Karen Karleski

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sparse blues 20 Feb 2007
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This early album contains very simple gentle African Blues. It is quieter and gentler than the wonderful "Savane" - but I thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for the roots of the Blues.

Ali Farka Toure has a tremendous "lived-in" voice - and his guitar playing is a perfect accompaniment to his blues.

So this is where "Rock'n'Roll" came from...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like blues guitar and African music... 16 Jan 2008
By Kamran Rahman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely worth a listem if you like blues guitar and have an interest in African music, although its not particularly difficult to appreciate the subtle simple and at times hypnotic blues guitar that fills this album. Surprisingly, despite the fact that he is working with just a handful of very simple traditional african acoustic instruments and has limited himself to a particular mood of music (i.e. blues) Toure manages to put fresh and interesting emotions into each of the tracks on this album. I would say that is due to his skills as a musician and a vocalist - a combination that - if you think about it - is very rare in the English speaking music scene. Imagine the guitar work of Eric Clapton or John Lee Hooker (with whom Toure is very often compared) with the spine-tinglingly emotional voice of Peter Gabriel on something like "Don't Give Up", and you'll get an idea of what Toure achieves in this album, and you might understand why the locals loved him so much that he went on to become Mayor in his home town in Mali
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Toure At His Best! 20 Dec 2003
By BennyG - Published on
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I've owned the CD for nine years, and it has always stayed close to me. This is to my mind the best album available of Toure's music. As stated in the editorial review, it is bare bones acoustic. Ali's voice and guitar cut straight to the soul. He is accompanied by sparse but tasteful percussion.
I recommend this above the Talking Timbuktu album. It is a classic that belongs in every collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You should buy this.. 17 Jan 2000
By Strudel Doodle - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I have all of AFT's CD's that I have been able to find, this is probably my favorite. Great stripped down, bluesy feel. Somewhat reminiscint of country blues, with a twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic 27 Dec 2002
By Benjamin de Menil - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've 0wned this album for years and I never tire of it. Subtle and beautifull - my favorite of Ali's international releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mellow gem 9 Dec 2003
By Philip Byrne - Published on
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This is an excellent collection of mellow African blues,nothing is too complicated in this music - really simple, organic sounds with beautiful rythems and wonderful guitar playing.I would recommend Toure to any serious music fan, and this is my personal favourite out of all his albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing music 19 Nov 2009
By Culturally curious - Published on
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After listening to the Amazon snippets, I couldn't decide whether to buy this CD or the one with Ry Cooder, so I got both and I'm glad I did; they are very different and both worth having. The Ry Cooder album is like a world-class act performed onstage. This one is like a bar in west Africa with a few musicians making good music for a small crowd of appreciative listeners. Toure is great on the guitar and the drums are really good. If you like world music, you will find interesting rhythms on slightly unfamiliar-sounding instruments, and a singing style I find often in African music--more highly pitched than western singers mostly, similar to a chant sometime but not so drawn out and more interesting to listen to. Too bad I don't understand the words! Comparisons to John Lee Hooker are over-emphasized. Toure sometimes uses a similar type of dragging rhythm, but Toure has many rhythms in his lexicon. Try it, you'll like it.
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