Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabete: Ali and Toumani

Ali & Toumani
Mikael Wood reviews Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabete's, "Ali and Toumani"
"Ali and Toumani" contains the final recordings made by a pair of master musicians: the Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006, and the Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez, who died last year. But this 11-track album -- the second collection of collaborations by Touré and the Malian kora player Toumani Diabeté -- doesn't sound like death. Rather, it's an early contender for the warmest, most life-affirming listen of 2010.
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