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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B000024G7J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Njarka
2. Yer Mali Gakoyoyo
3. Soko
4. Bandalabourou
5. Machengoidi
6. Samarya
7. Hani
8. Gambari
9. Gambari (Njarka)
10. Biennai
11. Arsany
12. Amadinin
13. Seygalare
14. Trei Kongo
15. Radio Mali
16. Njarka (Excerpt)

Product Description

ALI FARKA TOURE Radio Mali (1996 UK 16-track CD album housed in a fold-out digipack sleeve with superb detailed booklet great album that is in fact remastered selections from several earlier albums originally recorded between 1975 and 1980.The sleeve booklet and disc are all in excellent condition)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cranmer on 28 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
Right from the brief opening of Njarka you know you've hit the play button on a seriously good CD. The next track, Yer Mali Gakoyoyo, confirms this.
And the rest of the album doesn't disappoint in its richness. Blues, most obviously on Amadinin, Cajun, echoes of Richie Havens on Hani and lovers of Scottish folk will find much to recognise. Influences, roots or a wonderful melting pot?
And throughout, an easy, natural, perfect rhythm that amateurs like me can only aspire to in the next life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gooch on 9 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD
The answer is Ry Cooder but that's not the whole story. I recently digitised by vinyl copy of a Ry Cooder compilation from the late 70s and while doing so I was reading about his career on Wikipedia. I was a bit surprised to find that he had been a driving force behind Beuna Vista Social Club which was an album I had been meaning to buy (so I did). This started me off with a concerted effort to increase my catalogue of World music and a short while later I followed another Ry Cooder connection to find Radio Mali. Truly a great introduction to Aftican music and Malian music in particular.
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By olleinblack on 13 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Sublime music. Really informative liner notes. Maybe the best Gold did for AFT.
(And cd packaging I've never even seen before...)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Embury on 13 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought for an Ali Farka Toure fan - couldn't have been a better present - they love it.
So sad that all that is going on in Mali which makes this even more special.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
"I work with the spirits" 17 Dec 2000
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The magic of this cd is that it contains Ali's most "traditional African" music. As he says in the liner notes to his cd, NIAFUNKE, for a while his music became Westernized, basically Afro-Pop. Luckily for us, NIAFUNKE and RADIO MALI do not suffer from the Afro-Pop affliction.
This cd is entirely acoustic, as opposed to NIAFUNKE which has him on both acoustic and electric guitars. I want to clear one thing up from the Amazon.com review. The "violin" that is mentioned is the African njarka violin. The njarka is a one-string instrument that is about 9 or 10 inches long. I just don't want anyone thinking of the Western violin. Technically, the njarka is a rather crude instrument but it releases a glorious sound, as if the earth herself is singing. If you ever see Ali in concert (and you really should see him in concert!) you will hear the full emotional power of the njarka in the hands of a master.
Ali is the original musician who translated traditional Malian music to the guitar and then later melded this together with a touch of the blues. He is in great form on this cd. Just by listening you won't know what he is singing about (since he sings in his traditional languages) but this may actually be an advantage. You won't get caught up in analyzing lyrics or stories, you will simply feel him translating his emotions into music.
If you are completely unfamiliar with Ali's music (or any African music at all) then I suggest that NIAFUNKE may be a better choice. It has a bit more of the blues influence than this cd does, and for that reason alone I think it may possibly be a smoother transition into his music for people who are unfamiliar with him. In all honesty though, I'd recommend purchasing both cd's. They show different sides of the same man, are seperated by 2 decades, and both display the full passion and depth of the Malian musical tradition. Ali is an incredible songwriter on both cd's, you don't even need to know specifically what he is singing about to be completely moved by the manner in which he performs his songs.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The original Ali Farka Toure 19 Nov 2002
By nadav haber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is row music, the most traditional of Farka Toure's recordings. when I first heard him, on "The Source", I too thought of John Lee Hooker. This impression gradually faded on "The River" and completely disappeard when I heard this cd.
Farka Toure is an original, and in this cd there is only one track that may be influenced by the blues, which is Hani (track 7).
The rest of the cd is hauntingly beautiful, and rewards each listening with fresh discoveries. In AFT I found a rare instance where a musician's voice and guitar playing rival each other for beauty and skill, with both coming up as winners.
I agree with those who say this cd is better appreciated after hearing other AFT cd's, or for people who have listened to other Malian musicians. I would also like to draw attention to the beautiful liner notes and to AFT's remarkable story of how he became a musician.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid Stuff 26 May 2005
By Douglas H. Watts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Radio Mali was the first Ali Farka Toure release I had ever bought or heard. At the time I was listening a lot to Blind Lemon Jefferson and found some interesting parallels between the two musicians. I like the dry, intimate, non-produced, straight to the microphone sound of Radio Mali. Like Lemon Jefferson, Ali Farka Toure has a deep, resonant and booming voice that equals or betters his guitar playing. My brother noted that some of the songs are akin to Celtic music in that they are built from a single melody line that is repeated with variations. Simple but subtle. I'd use the word pastoral to describe this music, since it is very relaxed in feel and rhythm. For a guitarist, Radio Mali is an endlessly fascinating (and at times, frustratingly hard) batch of songs to play along with. Like Lemon Jefferson, Toure is an extremely deft fingerpicker who relies on just a few basic chord positions (open C in particular) and independent bass and melody to sketch out a very full arrangement with just six strings. His rhythmic sense, and use of some very offbeat rhythms (most likely traditional Malian rhythms) add a great deal of depth and complexity that rewards repeated listening. I just really like this stuff and am glad it was recorded and is available.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Ali Farka Touré CD...but have your hand on the volume! 22 Dec 2004
By Jesse Calcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to a lot of Ali Farka Touré, primarily his later works, and especially Niafunké. I must say that this CD was both refreshing and a tiny bit dry. The first track is like a cup of strong coffee first thing in the morning, with Ali and another musician playing a little duet on njarka violins, with Ali suddenly speaking very rapidly and loudly. It sounds like he's introducing himself, as one hears 'Mali' followed by 'Bamako.' There are some REALLY good tracks on this CD, especially Machengoidi, Samariya, and my favorite, Hani. All of the tracks are good, but Niafunké is still my favorite AFT CD. I understand that these are old recordings, and perhaps the mixing isn't the best, but I would really recommend that you have your hand on the volume control while listening to this CD. Ali's voice seems to have gotten better with time. On Niafunké, his voice is a smooth, velvety, deep baritone. On Radio Mali, however, it is significantly more nasal, is somewhat grating, and lacks the beefiness that you hear in Niafunké. The vocals seem to be far too loud in comparison to the instruments, and anyone who is familiar with AFT's music knows that he's not shy about using his voice. On many tracks, the guitars' introduction lull the listener into a trance, only to be violently shaken out of it by Ali's younger, much more nasal voice attacking a high note. This happens several times throughout the disc, and I've often found myself reaching for the volume knob. The music tends to get somewhat redundant. With a whopping 16 tracks, the same instrumentation (usually two acoustic guitars, with an occasional ngoni [not the kamalengoni of the Bambara, but an instrument more similar to the Tuareg tahardent lute]), and Ali's habit of not utilizing more than a few keys, the songs begin to sound very similar. Perhaps the CD just hasn't grown enough on me....but I agree with one of the other reviewers of this CD that this is best appreciated by one who has heard other Ali CDs. I am well accustomed to VERY diverse and unique music, and this CD actually began to bore me a little bit near the end. I think this CD is great for die hard Ali fans. And for those of us less dedicated Ali fans, it's a very interesting compilation of his earliest recordings. Great music to relax to.
musician's magician 4 Jan 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Enchanting, entrancing, magical, and spellbinding. This is indeed special music. It sounds like Ali Farke Toure is effortlessly playing/picking those guitar chords throughout these recordings, but of course such talent doesn't come without hard work. I'm no musician, but I can certainly appreciate the artistry of a talented guitar player like Ali Farke Toure. These blues-based tunes should appeal to both guitar fans and those who enjoy "world beat" sounds. Ali Farke Toure's music isn't that much different from the Delta Blues players of the early 20th Century, but his African roots and emotive vocals (of course I can't understand the words, but you can't help but FEEL what he's singing) add an extra dimension to these tunes. With over 70 minutes of music this is good value for the money, but my only criticism would be the consistency, or rather pacing of the album. Because these recording were made for "Radio Mali" broadcasts over a wide perios of time (from 1970-1978), they lack the organic feel of a regular studio album. But in the grand scheme of things, I suppose that's nitpicking. This remains amazing music for the soul.
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