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. Muhammad went on to found the R&B group Lucy Pearl and to also pursue a solo career. Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg went on to pursue independent solo careers. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. Following their final album, the group disbanded. 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. The Low End Theory was followed by Midnight Marauders (1993), Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996) and The Love Movement (1998).

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". It is considered one of the most important hip-hop albums to date. 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. Though this album was critically acclaimed and lead to a strong fan following, their next album, The Low End Theory (1991) was a massive artistic success, appearing on several best of the year lists. They made their studio debut in 1990 with People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Musically, the group helped pioneer the jazz-rap style (along with groups such as Gang Starr and De La Soul).

Their lyrics focused on abstract and social issues such as the word "nigger", date rape and consumerism. At the time of their inception, A Tribe Called Quest was extremely unique within the hip-hop community for eschewing gangsta rap and macho posturing. Soon after, the group began performing live and recording on a local label. The group's name was coined by The Jungle Brothers, whose members attended the same school.

Q-Tip and Phife had grown up together in Queens, and met Muhammad in high school. The group is comprised of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A Tribe Called Quest is an influential rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. The Love Movement, 1999.

Beats, Rhymes and Life, 1996. Midnight Marauders, 1993. The Low End Theory, 1991. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1990.

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