Savane

Savane

by Ali Farka Touré
     
 

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Mali's preeminent musician, the guitarist Ali Farka Toure, recorded his final album shortly before his death in March 2006. Comprising those final sessions, plus material recorded at the time of his duet album with Toumani Diabate (In the Heart of the Moon) and in his own studio, Savane is a fitting capstone for a towering career. Primarily acoustic, it harkens back…  See more details below

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Mali's preeminent musician, the guitarist Ali Farka Toure, recorded his final album shortly before his death in March 2006. Comprising those final sessions, plus material recorded at the time of his duet album with Toumani Diabate (In the Heart of the Moon) and in his own studio, Savane is a fitting capstone for a towering career. Primarily acoustic, it harkens back to Toure's beginnings as a troubadour on Radio Mali. But backed as he is here by two ngoni players, it's a sharper, more aggressive sound. Famed for his collaboration with Ry Cooder, Toure runs the show, with occasional post-production touches by JB sax man Pee Wee Ellis and harmonica player Little George Seuref. Closer to his home in Niafunké, Mali, comes Fanga Diawara, a fellow Sonrai musician who plays the bowed violin-like njarka. For the last decade of his life, Toure needed to be coaxed into recording, but Savane commands his utmost attention, and it shows in the carefully arranged songs, many which stretch past the five-minute mark. Billed cheekily as "the King of the desert blues singers," a nod to Robert Johnson, Toure highlights the arid sound that echoes through the music of John Lee Hooker and other guitar icons, even when his material, as on Savane, is traditional. The result is a master at the height of his powers, and a recording that washes over the listener like a dry, hot desert wind at dusk.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
An elegant summation of [Toure's] work. (A)
The Independent - Andy Gill
The final album from the great Malian desert blues guitarist finds Ali Farka Touré going back to his roots, with his distinctive guitar stylings.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597996524
catalogNumber:
79965
Rank:
49271

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Performance Credits

Ali Farka Touré   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Bongos,Bass Drums,Vocals,Foot Percussion
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Afel Bocoum   Background Vocals
Massambou Wele Diallo   Bolon
Etienne Mbappe   Bass
Oumar Toure   Conga,Background Vocals
Mama Sissoko   Ngoni
Bassekou Kouyate   Lute
Souleye Kane   Background Vocals,Calabash
Yves Wernert   Bass
Ramata Diakité   Background Vocals
Fanga Djawara   Violin,Njarka Fiddle
Moumouni Yacouba   Flute
Little George Sueref & the Blue Stars   Harmonica
Ali Magassa   Guitar,Background Vocals
Oumar Diallo   Bass
Mamadou Kelli   Vocals
Dassy Sarré   Ngoni
Brehima Toure   Background Vocals
Marna Sissoko   Lute
Fain S. Duenas   Percussion

Technical Credits

Ali Farka Touré   Arranger,Composer,Photo Courtesy,Song Notes
Afel Bocoum   Song Notes
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Nick Gold   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Leader   Mastering
Joakim Karlsson   Cover Photo
Yves Wernert   Engineer
Marguerite Gazely Haskins   Song Notes

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