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Ali Farka Touré — Soukora (w/ Ry Cooder)
Album: Talking Timbuktu
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Released: 1994
Length: 5:57
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Aren't they playing a cover of this in the Fifth Element when Leeloo steps off the ship in Phloston Paradise?
I like Ali Farka Toure better without Ry Cooder trying to strum in the background.
Not repetitive at all.... Not repetitive at all... Not re-wait, wut?
How long is this song??  :)
It got worse as it went along but still very good! 
My girlfriend and I thoroughly approve.
 
Ear Therapy{#Daisy}
Completely beautiful...




 
This Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder album is amazing from start to finish....but I am a bit concerned about Patti playing frisbee with that vinyl.

Every time I hear this song I feel inner joy.  {#Angel}

Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder - Goye Kur, Live (1994):

"He's Ry Cooder looking very un-Ry-like (in a vest!) with Ali Farka Touré on stage at the 1994 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This is an electric version of a track from Touré's 1993 album, The Source. Sadly it cuts out before the end. "



Desert Island Collection - Top 24 - Music  By Feuillu
Pierre Metivier
https://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/

for the "Desert Island Challenge : 24 records" group .... No particular order

Jan Garbarek - Rites
Puccini - Tosca
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Gustav Malher - Kindertotenlieder
Miles Davis - Kind of blue
Albert Marcoeur - (m, a, r, et coeur comme coeur)
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbuti
Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps
King Crimson - Red
Fauré - Requiem
Hatfield and the North - The Rotter's Club
Wayne Shorter + Herbie Hancock - 1+1
Charlie Mingus - Passion of a man (anthology)
Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder - Talking Timbuktu
Mozart - Don Giovanni
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
Neil Young - Harvest
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos - The prosthetic cubans
Magma - Mekanik Destruktiv Kommandoh
Tom Waits - Blue Valentine
(Les frères) Belmondo - Hymne au Soleil

such a difficult exercice ...choose you favorite 24 CD... I selected 48 ... this is the first 24 for the Desert Island group ... but I could not get rid of the following 24 so there also have their "picture"



 jagdriver wrote:

I'm glad you went back into your hole, AM. Besides being a PITA in the Forum, your song comments are simply not worth the bits it takes to post them. Enjoy your Liberace and Patti Page music.



 
Hey.
You got something against statuette dolls and their clothes? {#Cheesygrin}

Ut-oh... of all the African style music I have heard here...well, I have got to say, "yea" ...I,  l,  l, .... maybe even 'love it"... I could be wrong?
My first song by them? 
Its fine in the background but i was super disappointed once i saw who it was.  If this were a report card it would say C but could do better.
 AdyMiles wrote:
take this foreign african sh** off the station  - there is way too much of it - we wanna to be able to actually understand the lyrics!

 
I'm glad you went back into your hole, AM. Besides being a PITA in the Forum, your song comments are simply not worth the bits it takes to post them. Enjoy your Liberace and Patti Page music.



My goodness there's a lot of really flat singing in this... eeeek...

 AdyMiles wrote:
take this foreign african sh** off the station  - there is way too much of it - we wanna to be able to actually understand the lyrics!
 

Can I apologise on behalf of the UK for the above poster? I fear he is a result of our 'care in the community' program (where we release mentally challenged patients into the the streets) and is obviously a sandwich short of a picnic. 
take this foreign african sh** off the station  - there is way too much of it - we wanna to be able to actually understand the lyrics!

 denmom wrote:


It appears he posted them all on the same date; maybe he ran out of his meds.
  wow.  I had sort of blocked out how annoying that was.  Now I realize it.  Sort of when you realize that you don't have the correct refresh rate on your monitor.  Right before you go into an epileptic seizure.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  I think (?)
Song went up to 8 for me

Not sure about other browsers, but on Firefox you can right click to block images hosted from his website.


 
eeke wrote:


ok.. can this guy be blocked from using this image... kinda annoying that every time my interest in a song leads me here.. this tool has already tagged it... ergh!
 


 eeke wrote:


ok.. can this guy be blocked from using this image... kinda annoying that every time my interest in a song leads me here.. this tool has already tagged it... ergh!
 

It appears he posted them all on the same date; maybe he ran out of his meds.
calypsus_1 wrote:
no comment - 9.


{#Meditate}{#Daisy}{#Meditate}
 jedley wrote:
Radio static is more musically interesting than this tripe. Educated privileged white people eat it right up, though. Makes 'em feel all global, I guess.
 

Well now, this po' white trash is lovin' it.
And, I dislike 'global' music with a passion!
no comment -   9.
k_trout wrote:
this whole cd is terrific - i guess by your comment that the death of Ali Farka Toure has made this physical world better off without his music. Do you really think Rye Cooder is doing this just so he can feel global? He represents the best of globalism, He's a musician and searches for genius and collaborators all over the world. sheesh :cowboy:
Well said!
According to the liner notes, that's Ry Cooder playing a beautiful solo on a "toy guitar." Reason number infinity why Cooder is the man.
jedley wrote:
Radio static is more musically interesting than this tripe. Educated privileged white people eat it right up, though. Makes 'em feel all global, I guess.
this whole cd is terrific - i guess by your comment that the death of Ali Farka Toure has made this physical world better off without his music. Do you really think Rye Cooder is doing this just so he can feel global? He represents the best of globalism, He's a musician and searches for genius and collaborators all over the world. sheesh :cowboy:
ahhh...palm music mixed with twelve string mastery. s000 gud 2 hear.
congrats to Captain_D0D00 winning the costa rica trip, and making my week with Bill intoning "Captain Dodoo!" i am howling!
Hard to tell what is wrong with so many listeners that they call this boring and move on, to what I cannot guess. Heard it too many times as the theme to The World from PRI? I recently got the CD out and played it loud. This particular song really is NOT boring. Repetition, if you have never noticed, is one of the features of music. How it is handled makes the difference, and this piece works. Maybe hearing it too many times in the background on a news program dulls the senses, but it deserves a real listen.
jedley wrote:
Radio static is more musically interesting than this tripe. Educated privileged white people eat it right up, though. Makes 'em feel all global, I guess.
Given you're in Italy I would assume that your resentment is due to the increasing issues with illegal African immigration over there. So other than that and as one Redneck Georgia Cracker to another, don't insult educated white people. :naughty:
eclectek wrote:
cool! I hate the term ''world music'' though.
agreed. until we start occupying other planets (or vice versa), all music is world music
The guitar riff reminds me of something from Johnny Clegg. Can't remember which song...
jedley wrote:
Radio static is more musically interesting than this tripe. Educated privileged white people eat it right up, though. Makes 'em feel all global, I guess.
No, we just like it. It is not stimulating; in fact quite the opposite. It is just good to groove to, and relax.
huebdoo wrote:
This is the kind of music you have on in the background ...
Well it IS the background music for PBS, I think. I've heard it about a million times when my kids are plunked down at the ole TV screen. Is it PBS? Noggin?
Radio static is more musically interesting than this tripe. Educated privileged white people eat it right up, though. Makes 'em feel all global, I guess.
There is a track on this album called Ai Du that is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. I don't believe it's in the RP playlist though.
This is the kind of music you have on in the background ... when wearing your white panama hat surveying your plantation, sipping some alcoholic drink with edible flowers used as a garnish. Sure beats sitting in my cube looking at a jar of pencils beside the monitor
Dull...they look so happy too
Boring!
Straight from the Department of Redundancy Department...
Love this CD.
Ha Ha..You are right..but it has a "happy" soundUncle_Fenester wrote:
The whole song sounds like a fadeout that never fades out.
Thats a big ass guitar he has...
The whole song sounds like a fadeout that never fades out.
I was wondering (Mr. Blue) when you'd play something off of this excellent CD!
It is a bit repetative
So repetitive!
eclectek wrote:
cool! I hate the term ''world music'' though.
... it beats "NewAge" (Rhymes with 'sewage').
cool! I hate the term ''world music'' though.
:guitarist: :music: :drummer: :whistle: :motor: The Gift of Music............ Is the Gift of Life........... Ry Cooder gives a lot of Gifts........
topherg87 wrote:
repetitive, but extremely enjoyable
topherg87 wrote:
repetitive, but extremely enjoyable
topherg87 wrote:
repetitive, but extremely enjoyable
topherg87 wrote:
repetitive, but extremely enjoyable
I don't know what they're saying, but whatever it is had better be good! It's hard to put down such a relaxing tune though.
phreels wrote:
Some songs have the ability to make you smile no matter where you are, or what you're dealing with. Mahalo, RP!
I agree to the fullest. This song makes the sun shine, even when I am buried in boring paperwork and the sky is gloomy and grey outside. :sunny:
Yeah cool - but what about some more tracks from ALL those other Cooder albums. RP still has only 1 (solo) Cooder track on it's playlist. Shocking & perverse!
Some songs have the ability to make you smile no matter where you are, or what you're dealing with. Mahalo, RP!
This remains one of my favorite songs of all time. I can listen to it at work and I've used it to put my kids to sleep for years.
That's some damn fine music there.
Ah, the African musical influence is always a welcomed one. It has a sort of audible shine to it.
repetitive, but extremely enjoyable
Gregorama wrote:
If not for Cooder, we'd probably never have heard of Ali Farka Roure. Thanks Ry. Oh and thanks for Buena Vista Social Club, too.
Well said, if not for Ry a lot of us would have missed some really great tunes... like this.
Gregorama wrote:
If not for Cooder, we'd probably never have heard of Ali Farka Roure. Thanks Ry. Oh and thanks for Buena Vista Social Club, too.
I will NEVER argue about music with somebody from Austin :notworthy:
If not for Cooder, we'd probably never have heard of Ali Farka Roure. Thanks Ry. Oh and thanks for Buena Vista Social Club, too.
How sweet it is... (though I'm sure Jackie Gleason wouldn't have dug it.) Gotta smile at this one - if you have warm blood, that is
Nice obituary in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/07/AR2006030701813.html
With its stuttering guitar rhythms repeated over a single chord, half-spoken vocals and lively bursts of energy, his music reminded some of the Mississippi blues styles of John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside. In fact, when Mr. Toure first heard a Hooker recording in the 1960s, he thought he was hearing a form of Malian music. He once performed with Hooker in concert but always took pains to point out the differences between his music and that of his American counterparts. "I am the root," he said. "They are the branches." ... "In what you call the blues, I have heard people singing of their hardships," Mr. Toure said, "but to me this is a very small thing to tell people of; it has no great significance." His own songs tended to be about love, spiritual life and the land and rivers of Mali. He sang in nine African languages, always keeping the musical idioms of each style distinct. "My music is an education, a history, a legend, an autobiography -- it all tells a valuable story of something true," he said. "Different songs are inspired by different ethnic groups. . . . Often if you try and sing a song in a different language, it will not work."
fluorophore wrote:
I hate to say it, but most of the "world music" played here bores me to tears.
trekhead wrote:
Look, everyone! An actually forgiveable subtitle song.
You know, dismissing an entire genre is a dumb thing to begin with, because there's good and bad music to be found in all styles. But "World Music" isn't even a genre - it's just the recording industry's catch-all description for anything non-European. Dismissing all music from any country that doesn't speak English - or any music from outside the Western tradition - is just absurd. Let's just write off the bulk of the planet's musical output - nothing of interest there.
never heard of him, but what a bad ass...thinking paul simon graceland and loving it
Obit https://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/obituary/0,,1725805,00.html
RIP Ali!
Maybe you need a new job, and while you're at it, one that doesn't leave you a hypocrite. Don't mess with my man Ry and we'll all be fine. Ferris wrote:
I hate to criticise as much as I hate seeing the music I like criticized, but this is really monotonous, booring and annoying. Could be that I'm just having a bad day at work :)
This CD was my introduction to Ali Farka and Ry Cooder and it has become a constant presence in my CD player. It has some of the most interesting (not to mention sexy) music I've ever heard.
fluorophore wrote:
I hate to say it, but most of the "world music" played here bores me to tears. :sleep:
That's because so much world music is not written to fit the narrow format of American radio stations. They're free to explore. All the more reason to listen to it. :roflol:
what is that slappy sound that appears on some of ry cooder's songs? it's so distinctive of his music.
Excellent album...highly recommended, folks, if 'eclectic' is indeed your bag....
Nice, but loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong.
Sir, world fusion is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all. Will someone wake me up when they're done zzzzz
I hate to criticise as much as I hate seeing the music I like criticized, but this is really monotonous, booring and annoying. Could be that I'm just having a bad day at work :)
fluorophore wrote:
I hate to say it, but most of the "world music" played here bores me to tears. :sleep:
i tend to agree with this comment, but this is actually a pleasant one.
Look, everyone! An actually forgiveable subtitle song. Must be Mr. Cooder's association... an 8.
MORE RY COODER! RY RADIO! ALL RY ALL THE TIME ! That would be fine with me! Few guitarists, or even musicologists have explored as many different genres of music as Mr. Cooder, and he's mastered each of them, depending on where he was at that point in his life. The guy's one of the world's best guitarists, both spiritually and technically, and far under-recognized in my book. He was one of the first guitarists who introduced me to the joy of delta blues and bottleneck slide guitar. Got any of that, Bill?
ncmtnbiker wrote:
How about some variety from this artist? I like this song, but it gets more airplay on RP than Briney Spears on a top 40 station.
I'm at a loss to understand this comment. This gets played approximately twice a month on RP.
How about some variety from this artist? I like this song, but it gets more airplay on RP than Briney Spears on a top 40 station.
I'm not going to rate this.. its not bad once in a while.. but I'm hearing it too often for some reason.. it might be time to introduce an over played rating rather than musical quality/like/dislike scale..
Stylin'
Ah... to have lived Ry Cooder's life and played with the many outstanding artists he has been fortunate enough to play with all around the world! This song is just one more example of his excellent collaborations! And a beautiful piece--if not played too terribly often.
A beautiful and soothing way to start my morning. I turned it way up and swayed happily along smiling. Hope the rest of the day goes this well! Thanks for playing this. Lovely!
BLADERUNNER wrote:
PLEASE MAKE THE BAD MUSIC STOP. i just woke up, i don't need music to put me back to sleep
live in a different time zone
I hate to say it, but most of the "world music" played here bores me to tears. :sleep:
Roverfish wrote:
I WANT to like it (I do!), but it doesn't seem to develop...just spins in place with the opening hook. :-k
I agree, but I like it. It comes from a more relaxed place. A place I want to be...
PLEASE MAKE THE BAD MUSIC STOP. i just woke up, i don't need music to put me back to sleep
I WANT to like it (I do!), but it doesn't seem to develop...just spins in place with the opening hook. :-k
Ry Cooder is WAY underplayed. Ali Farka, so they say, is the "John Lee Hooker" of Africa. :) :bounce: :)
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: Hey for all people who love Ali Faraka Touré (and for those who don\'t know him), he will be playing in DC the 5th of July for free on the Mall ! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Originally Posted by Jeronimus_Funk: I don't know tv programs, but I also have the original album with the original songs, without Ry Cooder. So most songs on this cd are covers, or new versions...mighty good though! :notworthy:
Thanks for the recommendation! And just a slight correction; it's a radio show. :)
Originally Posted by Snoodle: My apologies, 'coz I'm probably going to end up misquoting this badly, but Ry Cooder once said (or to this effect) that only 10 per cent of music made is ever recorded and only 10 per cent of recorded music is every heard by the masses.... If someone could quote him exactly it would be appreciated
Well, probably it applies to his music, but I'm afraid all of Britney Spear's songs for example are being recorded and heard by the masses..unfortunately. :(
First heard this in the movie \"Addicted to Love\". Loved it. Still do. :clap:
Originally Posted by Joyfulchristine: The instrumentation sounds very similar to the theme to the "geo quiz" on BBC's program, The World. Does anyone know if it's the same artist? It's very cool sounding.
I don't know tv programs, but I also have the original album with the original songs, without Ry Cooder. So most songs on this cd are covers, or new versions...mighty good though! :notworthy:
The instrumentation sounds very similar to the theme to the "geo quiz" on BBC's program, The World. Does anyone know if it's the same artist? It's very cool sounding.
My apologies, \'coz I\'m probably going to end up misquoting this badly, but Ry Cooder once said (or to this effect) that only 10 per cent of music made is ever recorded and only 10 per cent of recorded music is every heard by the masses.... If someone could quote him exactly it would be appreciated
does anyone else hear \"diamonds on the soles of her shoes\" in this?
Fantastic song Fantastic album!!!!
Originally Posted by Myrrh: If I'm not mistaken, this was Ry Cooder's project right before he did the Buena Vista Social Club. It's a wonderful album and plays off the talents of all of the musicians involved. Ali Farke Toure's "Niafunke" and "Radio Mali" are both excellent. Thanks Bill! :clap: M.
Thank God for Ry Cooder, he has brought some of the best music out of the corners of the world and given listeners looking for something new, old and great to listen to.
:clap: I love Ry Cooder. A very talented musician & musicologist. Anything by him is great. It\'s too bad Little Village didn\'t do more than one album. That was also a great one, with Hiatt, Nick Lowe & Jim Keltner.
If I'm not mistaken, this was Ry Cooder's project right before he did the Buena Vista Social Club. It's a wonderful album and plays off the talents of all of the musicians involved. Ali Farke Toure's "Niafunke" and "Radio Mali" are both excellent. Thanks Bill! :clap: M.
Very nice Bill! :)
ethereal
Ry Cooder is a terrific musician that is shamefully underplayed. Please play a bit from his \"Paradise and Lunch\" album. Terrific stuff. He adds quite a bit to this tune as well.
very nice
Beautiful piece, Bill. Thanks. More please. :)
This track is typical of the whole album. If you thought it was interesting then you should hear the rest! Nice one Bill! :D
Even though I don\'t understand what they\'re saying, this song is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes.