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Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder Lyrics

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Written by Ali Farka Toure in the Songhai language with spoken intro in French. Liner note: "Recruitment in Africa. These are the young men who are sent to fight a war for a cause they do not know. To fight to the death in a war they do not understand. Brothers and sisters, there is a drought because of a lack of understanding between us. Kinship is losing its value. For the sake of the land let's keep our brotherhood alive. Hypocrisy and ignorance take their toll, we need to be strong, to unite for the good of all."

Emile Sumerod

La sagesse d'un blues intemporel.


Tomorrow would have been Ali Farka Touré's 80th birthday. A great time to appreciate one of Africa's most eminent musicians. Not only that, but Farka Touré used his fame to improve the lives of Malians in his native Niafunké. His song Diaraby is rightly renowned worldwide, and one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life. Proud to be of West African descent. Much love from Britain.

Trystan Davies