[Mansa-l] Ali Farka Toure

Mary Jo Arnoldi ARNOLDIM@si.edu
Tue, 07 Mar 2006 10:54:02 -0500

>From Sarah Castle - Friends of Mali  UK

 I am very sorry to have to tell you that award-winning musician Ali Farka
Toure died in Bamako this morning after being ill for some time. As
journalist Nigel Williamson says Ali was "Africa's most important 
guitarist > - who won a Grammy in Hollywood but who preferred to stay home
to be a  farmer". He was a musician who influenced thousands of others and
whose iinnovative collaborations, eg with Ry Cooder, brought 'world music'
to audiences who had probably never been exposed to it . In his final years
he was elected Mayor of his home town of Niafunke where he sought to develop
the agricultural sector.