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
  • Album: Mouneïssa
  • Song: Laidu

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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  • "Laidu"
  • Album: Mouneissa
  • Artist: Rokia Traore
  • Label: Indigo
 
The Source

Hawa Dolo

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

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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  • "Hawa Dolo"
  • Album: The Source
  • Artist: Ali Farka Toure
  • Label: Hannibal
 
Fingers and Thumbs

Lunchtime at Rosie's

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

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

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  • "Lunchtime at Rosie's"
  • Album: Fingers and Thumbs
  • Artist: Adrian Legg
  • Label: Red House
 
Warm and Cool

Those Harbor Lights

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

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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  • "Those Harbor Lights"
  • Album: Warm and Cool
  • Artist: Tom Verlaine
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
 
Sketches For My Sweetheart, the Drunk

New Year's Prayer

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

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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  • "New Year's Prayer"
  • Album: Sketches For My Sweetheart, the Drunk
  • Artist: Jeff Buckley
  • Label: Columbia
 
Aldyn Dashka

Chorumal Bodum

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

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

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  • "Chorumal Bodum"
  • Album: Aldyn Dashka
  • Artist: Yat Kha
 

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Mouneïssa

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  • Album: Mouneïssa
  • Artist: Rokia Traore
  • Label: Indigo
 

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