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Guitarist Ali Farka Touré has repeatedly bridged the gap between traditional African and contemporary American vernacular music, and this release continues that tradition. Talking Timbuktu features him singing in 11 languages and playing acoustic and electric guitar, six-string banjo, njarka, and percussion, while teaming smartly with an all-star cast that includes superstar fusion bassist John Patitucci, session drummer Jim Keltner, longtime roots music great Ry Cooder (who doubled as producer), venerable guitarist Gatemouth Brown, and such African percussionists and musicians as Hamma Sankare on calabash and Oumar Touré on congas.
Performance CreditsAli Farka Touré Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,6-string Banjo
Ry Cooder Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Marimbas,Vocals,Tamboura,Sampling,Track Performer,Cumbus
John Patitucci Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Jim Keltner Drums
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Electric Guitar,Viola
Hamma Sankare Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Calabash
Oumar Toure Bongos,Conga,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsAli Farka Touré Arranger,Contributor
Ry Cooder Producer,Contributor
John Patitucci Contributor
Jim Keltner Contributor
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Contributor
Jim Champagne Engineer
Mark Ettel Engineer
Nick Gold Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Hirsh Engineer