Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Due to the international success of In the Heart of the Moon, Mandé lineage griot Toumani Diabaté wanted to make a follow-up with fellow Malaian, the legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré. The first record had been cut in Niafunke, Touré's home village in the north of Mali, Diabaté contacted World Circuit's Nick Gold about doing the follow-up in London, where the pair was due to play a couple of concerts. Gold agreed and suggested they include Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez on the session. There was some urgency: Touré was dying. The sessions were cut over four days in June of 2005; this is his last recording. The contents are made up of improvisations and new versions...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Due to the international success of In the Heart of the Moon, Mandé lineage griot Toumani Diabaté wanted to make a follow-up with fellow Malaian, the legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré. The first record had been cut in Niafunke, Touré's home village in the north of Mali, Diabaté contacted World Circuit's Nick Gold about doing the follow-up in London, where the pair was due to play a couple of concerts. Gold agreed and suggested they include Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez on the session. There was some urgency: Touré was dying. The sessions were cut over four days in June of 2005; this is his last recording. The contents are made up of improvisations and new versions of old songs from both men's regions. Opener "Ruby" is a gorgeous improvisation, where Touré doesn't play the role of guitar slinger, but of a guitarist playing only for his own enjoyment, softly, gently, with his trance-like hypnotic rhythm, allowing Diabaté to let his kora flow over the modal pattern. Cachaito makes the first of five appearances here. "Sabu Yerkoy" is a proper entrance. It is Touré's take on Cuban salsa with his son on congas. The rhythmic interplay between drums, bass, and acoustic guitar is intricate and subtle with its gentle, seductive approach. "Doudou" is a completely new take on an old Mandé song, weaving together a Senegalese mbalax rhythm and the kora's harmonic palette. Along the lines of the intricate melody, Touré layers one atop another from one of his own songs, with "Singya" on top. It's easily among the most beautiful thing here. Touré's rhythmic approach shines on "Samba Gerladio," another new version of a very old folk song. Touré introduces it and Diabaté eventually encounters him on the chorus, weaving a new melody based on Touré's blues. "Sina Mory" is the very first song Touré learned to play on the guitar -- this may have been the last time he played it. "Kala Djula," a griot's hymn, closes the set as a celebratory song. Its rhythmic feel -- held down by Cachaito -- is cut-time, but the pace is graceful, easy, relaxed. Diabaté's soloing is breathtaking, full of humor and warmth. Touré interjects his own slippery guitar pattern, creating a second-line melody. This self-titled album is a fitting tribute to Touré's and Diabaté's genius and friendship, and is a beautiful farewell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597980110
  • Catalog Number: 522937
  • Sales rank: 12,157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ruby - Toumani Diabaté (5:55)
  2. 2 Sabu Yerkoy - Toumani Diabaté (4:08)
  3. 3 Be Mankan - Toumani Diabaté (5:06)
  4. 4 Doudou - Toumani Diabaté (4:47)
  5. 5 Warbé - Toumani Diabaté (4:51)
  6. 6 Samba Geladio - Toumani Diabaté (3:17)
  7. 7 Sina Mory - Toumani Diabaté (4:28)
  8. 8 56 - Toumani Diabaté (6:57)
  9. 9 Fantasy - Toumani Diabaté (2:18)
  10. 10 Machengoidi - Toumani Diabaté (5:05)
  11. 11 Kala Djula - Toumani Diabaté (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ali Farka Touré Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Toumani Diabaté Kora
Souleye Kane Background Vocals
Vieux Farka Touré Conga, Background Vocals
Tim Keiper Percussion
Ali Magasa Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ali Farka Touré Arranger, Composer
Jerry Boys Engineer
Nick Gold Producer, Liner Notes
Toumani Diabaté Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Tom Leader Mastering
Traditional Composer
Christina Jaspers Cover Photo
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