Ali and Toumani - Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté (5 stars)

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Ali and Toumani - Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

(World Circuit)

Malian bluesman Ali Farka Touré was a towering musical figure who has left a legacy of groundbreaking albums. In 2005 he and kora (harp-lute) player Toumani Diabaté won a Grammy for their collaboration In The Heart of the Moon. The same year, en route to the Nice Jazz festival via London with Touré already very ill, they recorded these eleven pieces. It was their second and last album together.

The magic of interlocking strings playing age old music, the chiming of the kora over Ali’s potent guitar with Cuban veteran Orlando Cachaíto López on bass creates a final statement of some perfection. As Touré says at the end, ‘Et voilá’.

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