Ali Farka ToureRanked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” — Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Toure (October 31, 1939 – March 7, 2006) was a Malian singer and guitarist, and one of the African continent’s most internationally renowned musicians. Best known in the West for his work with Ry Cooder (ranked 8th “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”), he was a winner of two Grammy awards for his Talking Timbuktu collaboration with Cooder and his 2005 release Heart Of The Moon. Toure’s music is widely regarded as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues.

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