Talking Timbuktu

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Talking Timbuktu
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 29, 1994
RecordedSep 1993
GenreWorld
Length59:59
LabelWorld Circuit
ProducerRy Cooder
Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder chronology
The Source
(1993)
Talking Timbuktu
(1994)
Radio Mali
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Talking Timbuktu is the 1994 collaboration between Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré and American guitarist/producer Ry Cooder. The guitar riff from the song "Diaraby" was selected for the Geo-quiz segment of The World PRI-BBC radio program and was retained by popular demand when put to a vote by the listeners. In 2009, it was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 100,000 copies throughout Europe. [2]

This album features in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and received the Grammy award for Best World Music album of 1994 .

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bonde" – 5:28
  2. "Soukora" – 6:05
  3. "Gomni" – 7:00
  4. "Sega" – 3:10
  5. "Amandrai" – 9:22
  6. "Lasidan" – 6:06
  7. "Keito" – 5:42
  8. "Banga" – 2:32
  9. "Ai Du" – 7:09
  10. "Diaraby" – 7:25

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] N/A 238,000[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talking Timbuktu at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/arc_static/docum/04-press/2009/PR%20-%2020091006.htm
  3. ^ "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Ali Farka – Talking timbuktu". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.