Thursday, September 27, 2012

African Blues

We all know the blues that started in the United States at the turn of the 20th century came from the African slaves working in the plantations of the South.

And those slaves brought their musical heritage with them, especially those from western Africa.

I've come across the most famous "African blues" musician, Ali Farka Touré. He is from Mali and was known for mixing his native music with American blues. He's their most famous musician, and is even ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone's  “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Here's a song from his 1990 album , called Hondia, and it shows how the blues was rooted in African music.

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