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A Visit to Ali Farka Toure
A Visit to Ali Farka Toure
Actor: Ali Farka Toure
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 3min

A Visit to Ali Farka Tour? visits the charismatic world musician in the village of Niafunk?, where he goes about his daily business checking cro


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Actor: Ali Farka Toure
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/30/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 3min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A personal journey into the heart, mind and land of Ali Fark
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 08/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The vast majority of musicians perform through a crafted persona. Very few entertainers are genuine enough to be the same person both on and off stage. Johnny Cash was such a music maker and another was Ali Farka Toure. As Marc Huraux's film shows, Ali Farka Toure was the same man when recording in Europe, touring in the US and attending to his mayoral duties in Mali. Not a biography, this film documents Huraux's brief time with 'the African John Lee Hooker.' Toure acts as a guide, taking Huraux everywhere from a boat ride on the [...] River to the recording location of the Niafunké (1999) album. The film showcases a healthy helping of live performances. At its heart, "A Visit to Ali Farka Toure" features many revealing conversations. At home or in bush bars, riding in cars or boats, Toure shares many of his life experiences and aspirations. Occasionally, the director injects insightful commentary while helpful subtitles translate Toure's words into English. This DVD will satisfy those who wanted to spend more time with Toure after watching Martin Scorsese's "The Blues." "A Visit to Ali Farka Toure" is a personal journey into the heart, mind and land of the now departed King of Desert Blues."
The history you thought you knew
William Franklin | New York, NY United States | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While most people do recognize that the Blues and Rock & Roll have West African roots and origins, the profundity of this fact is often underestimated. This DVD does a lot to present a type of African music not commonly thought of (i.e. not drumming). In following Ali "Farka" Toure around and in interviewing him, it is plain to see how integral this music is to the culture it emerges from. I would recommend that any fan of American music procure a copy of this film so that they may attain some completeness in their knowledge on the subject."