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Ali & Toumani by Toumani Diabaté
Released: Feb 2010
Label: Nonesuch
As a final testament to Ali Farka Toure's genius, Ali & Toumani is matchless: The man with the giant guitar voice allowed himself to whisper here, while still tethering Diabate's celestial kora to the earth with blunt and eloquent guitar lines. The songs span the gamut from Mande classics to the folk songs Toure gathered during his long years as an informal cultural archivist, and he and Diabate even play the first song that inspired him to play guitar ("Sina Mory"). On their first collaboration, the men had a surprising rapport; on their final effort together, they'd become telepathic.
Sarah Bardeen

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