Jeff Buckley, Tom Verlaine, Rokia Traore

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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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Jeff Buckley, Tom Verlaine, Rokia Traore

Mouneissa

Laidu

  • Artist: Rokia Traore
  • Song: Laidu
  • From: Mouneïssa

Rokia Traore is a griot or African storyteller. She's part of a new generation of African singers whose modern work is informed by traditional narratives.

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Mouneissa
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Rokia Traore
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Indigo

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The Source

Hawa Dolo

  • Artist: Ali Farka Touré
  • Song: Hawa Dolo
  • From: The Source

Ali Farka Toure is descended from West African royalty. His prominent social status made it difficult for him to become a musician. But his passion for music has made him a legendary guitarist worldwide.

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The Source
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Ali Farka Toure
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Hannibal

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Fingers and Thumbs

Lunchtime at Rosie's

  • Artist: Adrian Legg
  • Song: Lunchtime at Rosie's
  • From: Fingers & Thumbs

Adrian Legg is an extraordinary guitarist with tremendous speed and a broad range of sounds.

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Fingers and Thumbs
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Adrian Legg
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Red House

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Warm and Cool

Those Harbor Lights

  • Artist: Tom Verlaine
  • Song: Those Harbor Lights
  • From: Warm and Cool [Bonus Tracks]

Tom Verlaine is best known for his 1970s band, Television, but he has since established himself as a solo artist. We use this CD quite a bit on All Things Considered.

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Warm and Cool
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Sketches For My Sweetheart, the Drunk

New Year's Prayer

  • Artist: Jeff Buckley
  • Song: New Year's Prayer
  • From: Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

Fate was cruel to Jeff Buckley. Just as he was breaking new ground as an artist (with the songs on this album), he died while swimming in the Mississippi River in 1997.

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Sketches For My Sweetheart, the Drunk
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Columbia

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Aldyn Dashka

Chorumal Bodum

  • Artist: Yat Kha
  • Song: Chorumal Bodum
  • From: Aldyn Dashka

Lead singer Albert Kuvezin produces a remarkable and seemingly unnatural sound, using a technique known as "throat singing."

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Mouneïssa

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Mouneïssa
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