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Ali Farka Toure + Toumani Diabate - Ali & Toumani

Ali and Toumani is the second and final album pairing the late Malian guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate . Recorded over three afternoons at London's Livingston Studios in 2005, with contributions from the late Orlando Cachaito Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club) on bass, Ali and Toumani is the follow-up to the duo's Grammy Award-winning In the Heart of the Moon. The new album was produced by Nick Gold and recorded by Jerry Boys, the same production team behind the collaboration's first effort. It is the also the last album recorded by Ali Farka Toure, who passed away on March 7, 2006. The duo's new release presents their usual playfulness, effervescence, and mastery in further exploration of songs reaching back into both musicians' pasts.


The album was recently named CD of the Week by WNYC's Soundcheck and has received a stellar 8.3 rating on Pitchfork.

Pitchfork reviewer Joe Tangari says the recordings on the album "are uncommonly beautiful." He credits late Malian guitarist Touré with having contributed "a great deal of marvelous recorded music to the world" and says of Diabaté that "his mastery of the harp-like kora is complete." Performing together, they "seem to inhabit the same mind."

Right from the album opener, Touré's "playing is so supple and intuitive that he sounds like a much younger man," while he and Diabaté go on to "brilliantly display their telepathic sympathy" as the album unfolds. Tangari praises the "uncompromising intimacy" with which the album was recorded, explaining: "You get the feel of two of the world's greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future."

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Ali Farka Toure + Toumani Diabate - Ali & Toumani 


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