Ali Farka Toure
Talking Timbuktu (with Ry Cooder)
2 x LP
2015 EU repressing on 180g vinyl 2LP+download -1994 Grammy Award Winner for Best World Music Album! "Three days of studio spontaneity prove the innate compatibility of two traditions." - Mojo
Release date: 05-10-2015(originally released in 1994)
2015 EU repressing on 180g vinyl 2LP+download -Grammy Award Winner for Best World Music Album!
Ali Farke Toure and Ry Cooder have long treasured each other’s recordings. They first met in London in 1992 while both were touring Europe and Ali presented Ry with the first instrument he made, a one-string lute called a djerkal. It was agreed that they should 'try something together'. Recorded in just three days in LA in 1993 the resulting collaboration Talking Timbuktu well deserved its Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Relaxed and accessible, the music is complimented by Ry's subtle guitar work and sensitive production while retaining the integrity of Ali's performance.
In September '93 Toure was set to play a string of dates in the States and a week was set aside for recording his new album. Cooder was to play on a couple of tracks. A few hours’ rehearsal at Cooder's Santa Monica home hinted at inspiring possibilities. The Malian guitarist's next three Californian dates all featured Cooder as special guest. The recording followed a week later by which time Cooder had agreed to produce the entire album and play on every track. The album is now available on vinyl with an additional previously unreleased track!
"Three days of studio spontaneity prove the innate compatibility of two traditions." - Mojo
Ali Farka Touré, vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, six string banjo, njarka, percussion
Ry Cooder, electric and acoustic guitars, cumbus, mbira, tamboura, mandolin, bass, marimba
Hamma Sankare, calabash, chorus vocals
Oumar Touré, congas, chorus vocals
John Patitucci, bass
Jim Keltner, drums
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, electric guitar, viola
C2 Ai Du
D Lasidan (Alternative Take) previously unreleased bonus track
Label: World Circuit
This release: 2012