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. A comeback was attempted in 1994 with Peace Sign, but the album flopped (see 1994 in music). Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. By 1984, War was a touring band only. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. After a few unsuccessful attempts at recouping, War's Outlaw (1982 in music) was a moderate success, but the group was unable to keep any momentum as members came and went. 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 line-up began to fall apart in 1978 when Dickerson quit and Charles Miller was murdered (see 1978 in music).

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". A compilation of jams called Platinum Jazz was a surprise success in 1977 (see 1977 in music). 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. Why Can't We Be Friends (1975 in music) sold well, and included "Low Rider", perhaps their most well-remembered song. That was followed by the sligtly disco influenced "Gypsy Man" from the 1973 album Deliver The Word. After a highly unsuccessful album, War, War's The World Is a Ghetto reestablished them at the forefront of popular funk and included the 1972 hit "The Cisco Kid".

In 1971, Burdon left the group in the middle of a European tour, claiming he was too exhausted to go on (see 1971 in music). "Spill the Wine" became a hugely popular single, and the follow-up, The Black Man's Burdon, was almost as successful as the first. Burdon changed the name to War and the new line-up, with Oskar, began recording in 1969 and released Eric Burdon Declares War in 1970 (see 1970 in music). In 1968, the Creators became Nightshift and started performing with Deacon Jones, a football player and singer (see 1968 in music). At a performance, producer Jerry Goldstein suggested they work with Eric Burdon (of the Animals) and Lee Oskar (a Danish harmonica player).

They recorded several singles on Dore Records and worked with Jay Contreli (of Love). Dickerson and Lonnie Jordan. Within a few years, they had added Charles Miller, B.B. The roots of the band are from 1962, when Howard Scott and Harold Brown formed a group called the Creators in Compton, California (see 1962 in music).

War was an American funk band of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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