The anthropologist and guitarist Corey Harris has launched its new project on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It is a book about the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who died prematurely in 2006. The writing and the organization of the book, whose title is “The life and music of Ali Farka Toure”, will be framed in a series of research activities that Harris will develop mainly in Mali, where he will travel in June to reconnect a network of information with the help of those who have gravitated to the guitarist from Kanau. Among them are his son, Vieux (also a musician) and kora player Toumani Diabaté, one of his best-known collaborators, who played in Savane, his last album produced by World Circuit in 2006 and won a Grammy. Born in 1939 in the northwestern region of Mali, Touré has achieved notoriety in the mid-nineties, when he published, in collaboration with guitarist Ry Cooder, the album The River (1994). Corey Harris explored the connections between the blues and the traditional music of Mali in 2003, the year in which he published From Mali to Mississippi, in collaboration with Touré. Now, to make up for the lack of a fitting tribute to the musician who first of all built a bridge needed to explore and understand the connections between West Africa and African American traditional musics, the guitarist from Denver (Colorado), appeals to sensitivity of the international community. In fact, he tells us from the page of his project on Kickstarter: “I am confident that with the generous support of the kickstarter community of donors we can make this dream a reality and honor one of the greatest musicians of the last century. Presently, there is no comprehensive study of the man and his music. Ali Farka Toure made an indelible impression on the music of Africa and the world. He also had a profound impact on my personal outlook and my music. This project is a way to express my gratitude and share his accomplishments with those who may not have heard of him”.
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