Toad in the Hole

March 22, 2006

Oh Damn Again

Ali Farka Toure died. One of the best of the incredible group of musicians Mali has given the world.

Seemed a bit cranky in interviews on certain subjects (like the "roots" of his musical style) but one hell of a musician. I'm glad he lived long enough to record with another of those gems, Toumani Diabate. Go get Heart of the Moon if you don't have it already.

Posted at March 22, 2006 04:52 PM


See the excellent piece, guest-written by Abdul Walid of Acerbia, on Via Negativa. He also provides a playlist, all of it downloadable from iTunes...

Posted by: Pica at March 23, 2006 03:39 PM

forgive me for thinking that sometimes you seem a little cranky.

i'll quickly acknowledge, however, that you have every right to be.

as christian slater (i can't remember the character's name) said in quentin tarrantino's True Romance, "it's not fucked up to feel fucked up in a fucked up situation."


Posted by: ehj2 at March 25, 2006 04:52 PM

And a gracious good day to you, too.

Posted by: Ron at March 25, 2006 10:46 PM

I was lucky enough to see him perform a few years ago. He was a truly amazing musician.

Posted by: Joanna at March 30, 2006 05:15 PM

I'm envious. Good for you!

Posted by: Ron at March 31, 2006 05:53 AM