Many scholars and ethnomusicologists point to Africa as the origins of the Blues. Albums such as African Blues by Ali Farka Toure have a noticeable African and American Blues influence. The death of Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré has inspired a new round of speculation about the roots of the blues in Africa. Touré famously argued that the beloved American genre was "nothing but African," a bold assertion. Among scholars, Gerhard Kubik's book Africa and the Blues has gained recognition as the most serious and penetrating examination of the subject. Even though the blues is a central component of American music, it is one of the most mysterious, and least understood aspects of our popular music culture.