Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Album Review: Ali and Toumani-Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté

Ali and Toumani, the new album out February 23rd on Nonesuch Records/World Circuit, is a beautifully enchanting collection of songs that add to the legendary careers of two world-class musicians. After winning a Grammy for In the Heart of the Moon in 2005, Ali Farka Touré partners with Toumani Diabaté and Cachaíto López for the second time. Their chemistry and collective brilliance has produced equally praise-worthy results this time around.

Toumani Diabaté educes a heavenly tone with his flowing kora lines, which twist and wind in and around Ali Farka Touré’s guitar melodies. The two legendarily gifted musicians blend their sounds together seamlessly as if they were born to play together. Their songs are enchanting and deep. They convey a calming meditative energy that almost forces relaxation while listening.

If you’re not familiar with either Ali Farka Touré or Toumani Diabaté, this album is a great introduction to both artists. By working together to converge their two styles they create an original, authentically beautiful sound that is truly unique. Anyone can appreciate beautiful music that is relaxing and peaceful, and that’s Ali and Toumani exemplifies most.

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