CD: Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder.Talking Timbuktu [P]1994
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# Audio CD (March 29, 1994)
# Original Release Date: 1994
# Number of Discs: 1
# Label: Hannibal
Talking Timbuktu is a groundbreaking record that vividly illustrates the Africa-Blues connection in real time. Ali Farka Toure,
one of Mali's leading singer-guitarists, has a trance-like, bluesy style that, although deeply rooted in Malian tradition, bears
astonishing similarity to that of John Lee Hooker or even Canned Heat. It's a mono-chordal vamp, with repetitive song lines cut
with shards of blistering solo runs that shimmer like a desert mirage. Toure may be conversant with some blues artists, but it
is unlikely that artists like Hooker or Robert Pete Williams ever heard these Malian roots, which makes the connection so uncanny.
Ry Cooder, well versed in domestic and world guitar styles, is the perfect counterpoint in these extended songs/jams, his sinewy
slide guitar intertwining with his partner's in a super world summit without barriers or borders.