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. The highest position in the US charts was #41 for "Angels". Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. Coincidental or not, much of what is written is utterly made up and probably attributable to a phalanx of publicity agents hired to get Williams's name in the papers when he is trying to market something to the public. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. Bearing in mind the persistent rumours about his sexuality and the appearance of so many column inches devoted to Williams's real or imagined romantic conquests, whether gay or straight, it is interesting to note that these accounts typically coincide with the release of a latest album, single, or live performance. 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. A regular feature of his live performances is full-on french kisses with female fans plucked from the audience.

As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". Williams seems to encourage an image as a womanizer and there are numerous widely-circulated Internet accounts,http://www.robbiewilliams.nu/ allegedly written by Williams's female sexual partners, extolling his considerable prowess as a lover. 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. Speculation about his sexuality and romantic life is rampant in the British media. Williams is single and lives in Los Angeles, California. And in February 2005, Williams received the British music industry's award for the best song of the past quarter century, "Angels," the song William credits with giving him a career.

The "Greatest Hits" album, released on 18th October, 2004, became one of the UK's biggest selling albums of all times. Another Duffy-Williams collaboration, "Misunderstood" appeared on the soundtrack of the "Bridget Jones Diary" sequel, "The Edge of Reason." and hit the charts at number eight. Armed with a new songwriting partner, Steven Duffy, Williams penned several new songs, including "Radio." In its first week of release, selling just over 40,000 copies, the single "Radio" went straight to number one. But Williams proved the naysayers wrong.

The end of that partnership led to much speculation that Williams career was finished without Chambers. The Chris Heath biography, an instant bestseller, reveals why Williams severed all professional ties with with his long-time songwriter partner, Guy Chambers. Leading up to Knebworth, in December 2003, Williams toured Australia and New Zealand with Duran Duran. An official biography by Chris Heath "Feel", published in 2004, chronicled events that led up to to the Live Summer Tour 2003, during which Williams performed live to more than a million people over three days in August at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire; while 3.5 million more watched live on television and on the Internet.

in 2002, the UK public voted Williams to be on the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons. The video also showed unsettling images of insects and reptiles. The video for the next "Escapology" single, "Come Undone," was censored by MTV Networks Europe for depicting a debauched (but fully-clothed) Williams having a three-way with two women sex. The first single from it, "Feel," was a huge European hit.

However, they reunited six months later to work on the next album, Escapology, which was released in late 2002. In 2002 he stopped working with his long-term writing partner Guy Chambers. Williams' cover of the Bobby Darin classic "Beyond the Sea" was included in the Finding Nemo soundtrack. In 2002 he released an album called Swing When You're Winning in which his image was tamed down and he sang jazz, blues and pop standards from the fifties.

His global success was cemented after a duet cover version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra song "Somethin' Stupid" with Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who was fresh off of her Oscar-nomnated performance in Moulin Rouge. Williams has built quite a reputation for appearing nude (or nearly nude) in photographs, videos and live performances. The video's ending was cut by many TV stations around the world and the whole video was forbidden in some countries (VH1 Europe even made their own video out of recording studio footage). It is said that the frontal nudity was edited out in the US while the gore was left in, whereas the opposite was true for the UK.

The video featured Williams in a roller disco as he stripped nude and then proceeded to strip off his own flesh, muscle tissue and organs until he was a dancing skeleton. He broke the United States in 2000 with his hit song "Rock DJ". In 1999 he collaberated with singer Tom Jones for a track on the album Reload. Williams quickly became a major celebrity in the UK with numerous top ten singles.

The song was built around a sample from the theme to the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice", and the accompanying video featured numerous 007 references. Although it reached number one in many countries, it only managed to get to number four in the official UK singles chart in December 1997 – he would have to wait until September 19, 1998 for his first number one with "Millennium", which also charted in the USA. Though this was a success it was not until the release of the single "Angels" that his solo career took off in Europe. In 1996 he released his first solo single "Freedom", a cover of the 1990 George Michael hit.

After few months with cocaine-fueled parties, the loud-mouthed brothers showed him the door. Robbie expected to get some Noel-written songs so he could start a career. Before his rising as a superstar, Robbie used to hang in 1996 with the Gallagher brothers - Noel and Liam of then-famous Britpop stars Oasis. Originally a member of boy band Take That, he split from the group in 1995 and launched a solo career, following a highly publicized battle with drug and alcohol addiction during which he put on nearly 40 pounds (18 kg) and was often seen in public poorly dressed, dirty and unshaven.

Robert Peter Williams (born February 13, 1974 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is a British pop singer. Dec 2004 "Misunderstood" #8. Oct 2004 "Radio" #1. Nov 2003 "Sexed Up" #10.

Aug 2003 "Something Beautiful" #3. Apr 2003 "Come Undone" #4. Dec 2002 "Feel" #4. Maxi Jazz & Robbie Williams) #9.

Apr 2002 "My Culture" (1 Giant Leap feat. Dec 2001 "Somethin' Stupid" (with Nicole Kidman) #1. Jul 2001 "Eternity/Road to Mandalay" #1. Apr 2001 "Let Love Be Your Energy" #10.

Dec 2000 "Supreme" #4. Oct 2000 "Kids" (with Kylie Minogue) #2. Aug 2000 "Rock DJ" #1. Nov 1999 "She's The One/It's Only Us" #1.

Mar 1999 "Strong" #4. Dec 1998 "No Regrets/Antmusic" #4. Sep 1998 "Millennium" #1. Mar 1998 "Let Me Entertain You" #3.

Dec 1997 "Angels" #4. Sep 1997 "South of the Border" #14. Jul 1997 "Lazy Days" #8. Apr 1997 "Old Before I Die" #2.

Aug 1996 "Freedom" #2. Greatest Hits (2004); #1 UK. Robbie Williams – Live At Knebworth (2003); #2 UK. Escapology (2003); #1 UK, #43 US.

Swing When You're Winning (2001); #1 UK. Sing When You're Winning (2000); #1 UK, #110 US. The Ego Has Landed (1999); #63 US (North America only release). I've Been Expecting You (1998 (UK) / 2002 (US)); #1 UK.

Life Thru a Lens (1997); #1 UK.

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