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. Joe Walsh had a very brief cameo in the movie "The Blues Brothers". Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. A versatile guitarist, Walsh' abilities on acoustic, electric, and slide guitar also have made him well-regarded as a featured player or guest soloist; Walsh has recorded and performed with many other artists including Dan Fogelberg and Steve Winwood. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. Walsh would continue to record and release albums throughout the 1980s but musical trends had passed him by and he would maintain a very low profile until the late-1990s Eagles reunion and tour. 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. As the Eagles sputtered to an end a couple of years later, Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the well-received discs But Seriously Folks (1978) and There Goes the Neighborhood (1981).

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". Walsh brought a harder-edged sound to the Eagles and contributed heavily to the sound of their hugely successful album Hotel California. 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. After releasing another studio album and a live set, Walsh was invited to join The Eagles in 1976, replacing departing guitarist Bernie Leadon. Several cuts from these albums, notably "Rocky Mountain Way", received heavy airplay and continue to be classic rock favorites. Walsh's solo debut, Barnstorm (1972) and its followup, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973) cemented Walsh's reputation as an inventive rocker whose dry sense of humor and reputation as a party animal often made their way into his songs.

The James Gang had several minor hits and became an early Album Oriented Rock staple before Walsh left the group in 1971 for a career as a solo artist. Walsh was the standout of the band, noted for his innovative rhythm playing and creative riffs. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Walsh spent time in various bands while attending Kent State University, but came to widespread attention in 1969 as a founding member and lead guitarist for The James Gang, a rare American power trio. Joe Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American guitarist and rock musician.

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