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Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.
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March 13, 2013 Mali is currently a country in crisis. Yet this West African country boasts one of the world's richest musical traditions, and iconic artists like Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Tinariwen. With help from our friends at Afropop Worldwide, we selected 100 songs that demonstrate Mali's musical breadth.
February 22, 2010 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we hear a cut from Fela Kuti's stunning 1972 album Shakara, plus Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure and kora player Toumani Diabate, Shearwater's dramatic new concept record, electronic musician Eluvium, Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose, the haunting sounds of Richard Skelton, and some incredible new guitar-rock from The Archie Bronson Outfit.
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February 16, 2007 The great African guitarist Ali Farka Toure discouraged his children from following him into the music business. But one of his sons secretly learned to play the guitar anyway. Now Vieux Farka Toure has released his first album.
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June 8, 2006 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Meredith Ochs and Tom Moon about their most anticipated CDs for Summer 2006. Hear sneak previews of new music from Thom Yorke, Johnny Cash, M. Ward and more.
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March 9, 2006 Guitarist and singer Ali Farka Toure of Mali died March 7 at the age of 66. Farka Toure was a booster of Mali's march toward independence.
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March 7, 2006 Ali Farka Toure, the Grammy Award-winning musical legend from Mali, has died after a long illness. He was 66. The singer-guitarist gained international fame from his 1995 collaboration with Ry Cooder on the bluesy album Talking Timbuktu.
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February 5, 2006 Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton takes a look beyond Mariah and Bono at some Grammy nominated music you might not have heard. Jimmy Sturr's Shake, Rattle and Polka, anyone?
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June 29, 2005 New solo work from Daniel Lanois; Reggae meets country through Willie Nelson; Malian musical legends Touré and Diabaté; A long-awaited new CD from Son Volt; Collected rarities by Fountains of Wayne; French pop crooner Benjamin Biolay; An odd debut from Flotation Toy Warning; Score for a funeral parlor by Arcade Fire.
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October 1, 2001 African stories from Rokia Traore; legendary Timbuktu artist Ali Farka Toure; the fingers and thumbs of Adrian Legg; former "Television" frontman Tom Verlaine; the short and tragic life of Jeff Buckley; and the surprising sounds of Yat Kha.
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