Ali Farka Toure

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Ali Farka Toure (born 1939 in Niafunke, Mali) is an African blues singer and guitarist, known throughout the continent as one its most famous performers. As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". Toure usually sings in one of several African languages, as on his breakthrough album, Ali Farka Toure, which established his reputation in the world music community. 1994's Talking Timbuktu, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, sold promisingly well in western markets, but was followed by a hiatus from releases in America and Europe. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum.

In 2004 Ali Farka Toure became mayor of Niafunke.


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In 2004 Ali Farka Toure became mayor of Niafunke. Hyacinth's Cemetery, Westbrook, Maine. Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. Rudy Vallee died on July 3, 1986 and was interred in St. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. He toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s. Toure usually sings in one of several African languages, as on his breakthrough album, Ali Farka Toure, which established his reputation in the world music community. 1994's Talking Timbuktu, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, sold promisingly well in western markets, but was followed by a hiatus from releases in America and Europe. He appeared in the 1960s Batman television show as the character "Lord Marmaduke Fogg".

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". (In his later years he told a collector of his early records that "Everything I did before 1950 you can shit on.") He performed on Broadway in the show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and appeared in the film of the same name. Ali Farka Toure (born 1939 in Niafunke, Mali) is an African blues singer and guitarist, known throughout the continent as one its most famous performers. In middle age Vallee's voice matured into a robust baritone. One of his best acting roles is in the 1942 screwball comedy film "The Palm Beach Story". Vallee acted in a number of Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s.

That same year Vallee also wrote the introduction for Armstrong's book "Swing That Music". When Vallee took his contractual vacations from his national radio show in 1936, he insisted his sponsor hire Louis Armstrong as his substitute (this was the first instance of an African-American fronting a national radio program). Also in 1929 Vallee started hosting The Fleishchman’s Yeast Musical Variety Hour; he would continue hosting popular radio variety shows through the 1940s. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity, but Hollywood was pleasantly surprised to find that Vallee could act as well.

In 1929 Vallee did his first film "Vagabond Lover". His live appearances were usually sold out, and even if his singing could hardly be heard in those venues not yet equipt with the new electronic microphones, his screaming female fans went home happy if they had caught sight of his lips through the opening of the trademark megaphone he sang through. Flappers mobbed him wherever he went. Vallee became also perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop-star.

Crooners had soft voices that were well suited to the intimacy of the new medium of radio. Vallee became the most prominent of a new style of popular singer, the "crooner". Previously popular singers needed strong projecting voices to fill theaters in the days before the electric microphone. Vallee was given a recording contract, and in 1928 started performing on the radio. However his singing, together with his suave manner and handsome good looks attracted great attention, especially from young women.

He had a rather thin tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than attempting vocals on jazz numbers. He then returned to the States to form his own band, Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees. With this band he started taking vocals (supposedly reluctantly at first). Vallee played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth, in the mid 1920s played with the Savoy Havana Band in London. In high school he took up the saxophone and acquired the nickname "Rudy" after then famous saxophonist Rudy Weidoeft.

Born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont, he grew up in Westbrook, Maine. Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer.

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