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Ali Farka Touré

Ali Farka Touré died from bone cancer earlier this month. I didn't hear about it until the night before last, and I didn't want to believe it, I hoped that maybe the person had misheard. Touré's collaboration with Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu, was my introduction to West African music and main motivation for planning to go to the Festival in the Desert, now put off to 2008. Now I will go with the knowledge that my stalling made me miss a legend. I heard the CD during my first summer in the Rockies, and it is forever tied in my mind to the dry, arid mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. He was a great artist and I can honestly say he was one of the few musicians whose music had a part in making me who I am today.


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Mar. 24th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Ironically, I was introduced to his music due to his death. A friend, saddened by the loss, couldn't believe I hadn't heard of him, so he lent some cds. Now, "In the Heart of the Moon" is among some of my favorite albums...
Mar. 25th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's the only album of his I haven't heard yet. I should pick it up today.
Mar. 25th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
::heavy sigh:: I had not heard this news.

I'm sorry that I am somewhat responsible for you delaying your visit to The Festival. I want to let you know that there is a possibility that I won't be able to keep my funds until Feb of 2008. It's not a likely possibility, but it is a possibility. So, if you want to go soon, you might want to consider either going in 2007 or waiting and possibly going without me in 2008.

I can hear clearly now the refrain to the opening track of Talking Timbuktu. The sound seems to echo in my mind constantly. I'm in Darjeerling now and will be heading out for a trek tomorrow morning (potentially for a few days) towards Kanjenjunga. It is the third highest mountain in the world and I assure you that although the surroundings are very different from West Africa, the sounds will seem perfect and fitting.
Mar. 25th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
No no no, you didn't push it back, money and availability pushed it back. I may be able to go in 2007, but there was no way I could go this year or the past few years.

I think I would rather wait until 2008 to see if you can make it. If not, no pressure.
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