Niafunké (album)

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Studio album by
Released22 June 1999
VenueNiafunké, Mali
LabelWorld Circuit Music (PRS)
ProducerNick Gold Audio Engineer = Jerry Boys
Ali Farka Touré chronology
Radio Mali
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Niafunké is an album by Ali Farka Touré, released in 1999. The title reflects the name of the village in Mali where it was recorded. It is largely a traditional album concerning Mali.

Within the CD pamphlet Touré discusses his motivation for creating the album and how the music might relate to its audience.

This record is more real, more authentic. It was recorded in the place where the music belongs - deep Mali. We were in the middle of the landscape which inspired the music and that in turn inspired myself and the musicians. My music is about where I come from and our way of life and it is full of important messages for Africans. In the West perhaps this music is just entertainment and I don't expect people to understand. But I hope some might take the time to listen and learn.

— Ali Farka Touré, [2]

Niafunké marks the first of a series of albums he recorded towards the end of his career in his home town. The album was released around the same time he retired to his farm in a remote region of Mali.[3][4]

Track list[edit]

1."Ali's Here"Hammer Sankare3:13
2."Allah Uya"Hammer Sankare, Djeneba Doukoure, Fatoumata Traore, Hamidou Sare4:28
3."Mali Dje"Hammer Sankare, Djeneba Doukoure, Fatoumata Traore, Hamidou Sare5:37
4."Saukare"Djeneba Doukoure, Fatoumata Traore, Hamidou Sare2:47
5."Hilly Yoro"Afel Bocoum, Hammer Sankare, Oumar Toure3:36
6."Tulumba"Hammer Sankare5:20
7."Instrumental" 4:10
8."ASCO"Oumar Toure5:45
9."Jangali Famata"Ali Farka Touré, Affel Bocoum, Oumar Toure3:20
10."Howkouna"Ali Farka Touré, Hammer Sankare, Affel Bocoum, Oumar Toure5:55
11."Cousins"Hammer Sankare, Djeneba Doukoure, Fatoumata Traore, Hamidou Sare4:14
12."Pieter Botha"Oumar Toure3:20


  1. ^ Byrkit, Becky. "Review: Niafunké". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  2. ^ Ali Farka Touré (1999), Niafunké (Compact Disc)|format= requires |url= (help), USA: Rykodisc
  3. ^ "Ali Farka Toure: Morning Edition". National Public Radio. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (7 March 2006). "Obituaries: Ali Farka Touré, Malian celebrated for his music". New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2009.

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