March 01, 2009

Farka (2)

This is a very short post. There is more than enough information about Ali 'Farka' Touré on the web (here or here or here), and there will be plenty of other occasions to write about this interesting artist from Niafunké, Mali.

This is the second of two wonderful cassettes released in 1988 and produced by Mahmoudou Maïga in Bamako. The first I posted earlier. Like the first volume, the second volume features Ali on electric guitar.

MM 5002

14 comments:

icastico said...

muchas gracias. I loved the first one...excited to hear this one.

NGONI said...

Thanks again.
Today I was hearing Khaira Arby, then some old takamba recordings,then Red and Green of Farka and now, Ali is hear again,you make my day.

There is another cassette I am searching is called Djimbala with
Alí farka playing the Njarka.

WrldServ said...

@Ngoni: Ah... you live dangerously.
I have the "Djimbala" cassette; it was given to me by Ali himself, but with a warning not to play it after midnight. This warning is even printed on the cover of the cassette.

I'll post it later, but after one or two others by Ali.

NGONI said...

@WrldS:
Have you ever play any Alí Toure after midnight ?

Please,comment when you post it, at what time the danger passes, if you know.

george said...

It seems, I'm light-minded person, I use to listen Ali Farka any time of twenty-four hours. To be serious, it's very interesting, what arguments did maestro say about not playing his music in the night? Did he suppose his music has to do with energy of the sun, or there is any evil in it, which can became apparent in the night? (Sorry for my English)
George from Moscow

david said...

Ah, this is raw and very nice. Thank you Thank you

NGONI said...

@george : We were joking, Ali Toure is good all day, even today, March 7, the three years since he left us.
But for the Djimbala who comes from inside of the river, you can read some in the inserts of Savane, Alí Farka .

Beto is a traditional spirit dance of Niger. As you know, traditional spirit or voodoo beliefs change their name from one place to another.
In Mali we have the “Gimbala” which covers the Niafunké circle and a good part of the Mopti region, the “Holleye”, which covers Timbuktu and Gao and in Niger it is known as the “Houaka”.

george said...

NGONI
Thanks for your explanations, I didin't know it.
Ten years ago (may be more) I have discovered CD "Source", and it's still my favorite work of Ali Farka. He will be always in our hearts.

NGONI said...

@George, if you really want to know the source, look for "ça coul source" Ali Farka Toure, a 50-minute film (in French) that will takes you to the source.
You can download online for little money or just view it on V.O.D version.
You will know what is Walaidou.

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WrldServ said...

VOD page

george said...

NGONI and WrldServ
Thanks a lot for the link, I'll watch this fil. Only one problem - I don't know French (o-ho-ho)

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NGONI said...

Some days you need to shout, nothing like this cassette from Ali,to get better.

Today reviewig the songs I've noticed that the titles of Wakata Gouna and Heigana are exchanged (Ali pronounce the name at first), I've also noticed that the song Ali, is the one known as Bonde.
Thanks again for sharing this inheritance.