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February 20, 2010 12:59 am
Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté
Ali And Toumani
When he made this recording with Toumani Diabaté, both men knew that Ali Farka Touré was dying. Ali and Toumani follows the Grammy-winning In the Heart of the Moon, deepening and steadying the music.
The opener, “Ruby”, is perfect: acoustic guitar that settles into a slow groove before the kora comes in over the top, circling and commenting on the rhythm. Cachaito Lopez plays double bass, further anchoring the album. “Fantasia” is a firefly kora improvisation, prefiguring the glorious solo album that Diabaté would record next.
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