Ali and Toumani
Tag Archives: Kora
Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate’, “Ali and Toumani”, p & ©2010 World Circuit Ltd. Nonesuch Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104. Certain songs published by the following: World Circuit Music (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10); Rykos Music Ltd. (3, 4 and 9); World Circuit/Rykos Music Ltd. (11). Exclusively licensed to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and Canada.
This is a final recording created June 24th, 25th and 26th in London of two incredible musicians coming together to create a summary album of previous songs prior to the passing away of Ali Farka Toure. Ali plays guitar and Toumani plays a soft, lyre-like, guitar-ish instrument called a Kora. Their music blends indistinctly into one — I think it is some of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.
Played late night at low volume, it is a soothing lullabye. It reminds me of the music the shepherd, David, might have played on his kinnor to delight King Saul (the first man anointed king over the Jewish kingdom). The songs represent different traditions and cultures among the African regions and people, and their first album, ‘In the Heart of the Moon,’ won a Grammy award.
I’m glad the library has curated this gem. I would definitely go buy it.