Ali Farka Toure

Ali Farka Toure

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Ali Farka Touré was born in 1939 in the village of Kanau, on the banks of the River Niger, in the northwest of Mali. He was his mother’s tenth son but the first to survive infancy. Touré explains, “I lost nine brothers of the same mother and father. The name I was given was Ali Ibrahim, but it’s a...

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Ali Farka Touré was born in 1939 in the village of Kanau, on the banks of the River Niger, in the northwest of Mali. He was his mother’s tenth son but the first to survive infancy. Touré explains, “I lost nine brothers of the same mother and father. The name I was given was Ali Ibrahim, but it’s a... Read more

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