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Ali Farka Touré

Don Snowden, Escape, 12 April 1994

THE 18-WEEK run atop the Billboard World Music charts enjoyed by Ali Farka Touré's album The Source added the sweet touch of popular success in the U.S. to a musician who has always been an ethnomusicologist's dream. The Malian guitarist/vocalist has been touted as the embodiment of the African roots of the blues or the missing link between African music and such blues artists as John Lee Hooker.

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