Will Hermes
August 04, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Savane

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ali Farka Toure
Producers
Nonesuch, World Circuit
genre
Blues, World

We gave it an A

Ali Farka Touré, who died in March, was a farmer and the mayor of Niafunke, Mali, as well as an uncommonly soulful guitarist. Savane, his final recording is more than just icing on a 30-year recording career: It’s an elegant summation of his work, which linked West African music with American blues not by hokey fusion but by magnifying their shared DNA. Here, he plays exquisitely languid grooves with a Malian ensemble including multiple n’goni harps and singers, while the occasional harmonica and sax float by, sounding entirely at home.

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