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  • Grammy Awards Go to The Black Keys, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ali Farka Touré, and Toumani Diabaté

    Congratulations to the Nonesuch artists who were presented with Grammy Awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 13, in Los Angeles: The Black KeysCarolina Chocolate Drops, and World Circuit / Nonesuch Records artists Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. Together, these artists' 2010 releases garnered a total of six awards.

  • "Ali and Toumani" Makes Metacritic List of Best-Reviewed Albums of 2010

    Ali and Toumani, the second and last album pairing kora master Toumani Diabaté with the late guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Touré, has made the Metacritic list of the best-reviewed, highest-scoring albums of 2010, coming in at No. 5. "On Metacritic, we consider 'great' albums—those we label as having 'universal acclaim' from critics—to be those with a Metascore of 81 or greater," says the site. Ali and Toumani received an 89.

About this Album

This double disc collects essential vintage recordings from the late Malian guitar master Ali Farka Toure. These previously vinyl-only classic tracks first ignited interest in the artist dubbed "the John Lee Hooker of Africa."

The Red album is the pivotal set that launched Ali's career in the West; the Green album confirmed his status as one of Africa's most important artists. Both albums are included complete and digitally remastered from the original tapes. This double album contains the original recordings of some of Ali's most memorable songs.


Ali Farka Toure, vocals and guitar
Hammer Sankare, vocals and calabash

Also on Green:
Boubacar Hamadoun Farana, griot (5-8)
Ousmane Gadjaka, n’goni traditional guitar (5-8)

A World Circuit Presentation
Produced by Ali Farka Toure
Produced for re-issue by Nick Gold
Recorded by Boubacar Traore, Jean Claude and Ali Farka Toure
Recorded at Radio Mali Studios, Bamako in the early eighties
Digitally remastered from the original analogue tapes by John Hadden, Tom Leader, and Jerry Boys

Photographs courtesy of Ali Farka Toure
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This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

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