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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B000024CHT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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WC 040; WORLD CIRCUIT - Germania;

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Talking Timbuktu is a groundbreaking record that vividly illustrates the Africa-Blues connection in real time. Ali Farka Toure, one of Mali's leading singer-guitarists, has a trance-like, bluesy style that, although deeply rooted in Malian tradition, bears astonishing similarity to that of John Lee Hooker or even Canned Heat. It's a mono-chordal vamp, with repetitive song lines cut with shards of blistering solo runs that shimmer like a desert mirage. Toure may be conversant with some blues artists, but it is unlikely that artists like Hooker or Robert Pete Williams ever heard these Malian roots, which makes the connection so uncanny. Ry Cooder, well versed in domestic and world guitar styles, is the perfect counterpoint in these extended songs/jams, his sinewy slide guitar intertwining with his partner's in a super world summit without barriers or borders. --Derek Rath

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Format: Audio CD
I only discovered this cd when I hired it at random from Sheffield City Library. It wasn't my normal type of music and I wanted to hear something different. I noticed it had a Grammy Award and I thought I'd try it. I was not dissapointed. This is a superb, well recorded cd and the bluesy style rythms just draw you into it. Whilst some of the rythms are quite repetitive it never gets boring and keeps you listening from start to finish. Highly recommended
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I have 6 or 7 CDs of music from Mali and find myself listening to this one most often. While I love them all --- the combination of musicians: Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder is unbeatable. Track #1 "Bonde" sung in Peul begins with a fantastic guitar introduction by Ali Farka Toure. Each note is drawn out just right to hook the emotions. The congas played by Oumar Toure provides an infectious rhythm. One male voice begins while a chorus responds in rhythmic unity, telling the story of why some women are unsuitable for marriage. Track #2 "Soukara" is sung in the Bambara language ... it has the sound and feeling of music from the Caribbean with a suitable ambient melody. The male vocalist pours his heart out to his lover at night, so say the liner notes. Another favorite track is #5 "Amandral" sung in the Temasheck language. The rhythms and sounds of this desert tribe is familiar. They are unforgetable on the CDs, "Festival in the Desert" and "Radio Tisdas Sessions", both of which are highly recommended. As each guitar note is plucked, the feelings of the listener are hooked. The feelings rise ... ever higher in resonance with the melody and mood expressed on the slide, acoustic and bass guitars, drums, calabash, and congas. Without exaggerating, I feel this CD contains some of the finest guitar playing on the planet. Other favorites are: #6, "Lasidan" (#6) which has a peppy, cheerful and upbeat tempo and #7, "Keito", which has musical elements of India and Pakistan or is it the Meditarranean? Ry Cooder plays the tamboura, Ali Farka Toure plucks and strums the electric guitar. There is a syncopated rhythm played on the congas and calabash. The music of Mali is highly distinct and very appealing. It is the best music from Northern Africa, and to this listener, the best from the whole continent of Africa. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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Anybody who has read Robert Palmer's "Deep Blues" or Alan Lomax's "The Land Where The Blues Began" will know that the roots of all todays popular music lie in the rhythms that the slaves brought with them from Africa. I was browsing on Amazon when I came across this CD and thought it would put some music to the words, so I decided to buy (1-click does that to you!) Having played this CD a few times now, loud, quiet, in the car, at home I can certainly recommend it to anybody who has an interest in the history of whatever they're listening to now. More importantly, this is not just history, the music is very alive and vibrant and immaculately produced. Ry Cooder - keep searching and delighting real music lovers. An excellent buy.
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A beautiful mixture of music from Mali, the most recognisable African music,and the superb guitar of Ry Cooder.
If you only listen to one track try track 5, Amandrai.
Put a do not disturb sign on your door, Turn off the lights, sit back and be smothered in the lovely slow and smooth playing.
Any music lover cannot fail to enjoy it. Also try Niafunke and The River also by Ali Faka Toure
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Ry Cooder's interest in ethnic folk music from the developing world is well known; his most celebrated project to date was probably bringing `The Buena Vista Social Club' from quiet obscurity in Cuba to a wider global audience.

This well-deserved 1995 Grammy winner is a collection of songs by Malian blues/folk musician Ali Farka Toure with his backing musicians Hamma Sankare and Oumar Toure together with Cooder, Clarence Brown, John Patitucci and Jim Keltner. The album was recorded over three days in California in late 1993 during Toure's US tour, and produced by Cooder.

Instantly accessible and eminently listenable, `Talking Timbuktu' reveals a deeper side with repeat plays as the complex interplay of these excellent musicians beguiles its way into your soul. All the songs are sung in one or other of the various ethnic languages of Mali with English translations in the insert booklet, so you know what Toure is on about. Some of the numbers are in the groove of Mississippi Delta blues, which reveals where the style originates: West Africa.

You can listen to this album all day long wherever you are and whatever you're doing; it's truly music for all seasons. It has an exotic & authentically African flavour, is delightfully upbeat and some of it is wonderfully danceable. Admittedly the result is more Toure than Cooder: the American musicians take a back seat and act as sidemen to Toure and his band, to sublime result. Cooder's attention to detail means that the overall production is near-faultless, with the sound in perfect balance.

If you don't know any of the excellent music which has come out of Mali these past 20 years (Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam, Super Rail Band, Bassekou Kouyate, Fatoumata Diawara) then `Talking Timbuktu' would be a good port of entry and a purchase you're unlikely to regret.
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