Savane is the final solo album by Malian musician Ali Farka Touré. It is the third and final part of the Hôtel Mandé Sessions, featuring Touré and Toumani Diabaté, recorded by World Circuit head Nick Gold. The album was released posthumously by World Circuit on 17 July 2006, more than four months after Touré's death. The recording sessions at Hôtel Mandé in Bamako took place from June to July 2004. Touré, suffering from cancer, had wanted to remain in Mali, so a temporary studio was set up on the top floor of the hotel. Touré approved the final master of Savane just weeks before his death in March 2006. He said of the album: "I know this is my best album ever. It has the most power and is the most different."Savane features a number of non-African blues musicians, such as Little George Sueref, Pee Wee Ellis, and also Touré's protégé since the age of 13, Afel Bocoum. It was released to high critical acclaim, earning a 94 on Metacritic. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.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.Wikipedia
This is what I'd put on in the background of a neighborhood party to give people the impression I'm deep and interesting. Some will find it annoying and be reminded of the human torture scene from Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom. Those are the people who leave early and giveaway the fact they're not cut out for the Swingers Lifestyle. Everyone else grabs a random set of keys from the petri dish and goes home with a delightful stranger.
African (Malian to be specific) blues is... well, it's a niche sound. I've rubbed up against it in the form of the artist Bombino before but this is a whole different level of unique. It... it FEELS like the blues. But, at the same time, it feels distinctly african. There are harminicas, banjos, and guitars... but also hand drums and some sort of unique stringed instrument (Zither? Kora? Not sure.) mixed in. It all combines into a wild and entrancing musical experience. Ali's voice is pure blues. Even though I can't understand most of what he's saying (though some of the album is in french, thankfully), his emotion comes right through the language barrier untarnished. Apparently, this album was released posthumously and, while I'm glad the world has this album, it's a crying shame that we lost this talent because the album is just really really good.
This is really interesting, partly because I can’t quite figure out what it is. There are times I think I hear Arabic, and then times when I think I hear French. And it sounds mostly Arabic, but then sometimes it doesn’t. It’s so interesting.
So good!!! Absolutely smooth, guitar is just another vocals and it blends beautifully with the music. Distinctly African and also distinctly Blues. Fantastic!
This album was a really cool change of pace. It's sound is both familiar and novel at the same time. I wouldn't have envisioned the mixture of American blues and African music to be so seamless, but this feels like it was meant to be. The intricacy of the guitar adds a lot to this album 5/5
I sincerely wish I could play guitar as well as Ali. A fantastic album and introduction to African blues/guitar. The layering of instruments is enchanting, and everything from melody to accompaniment feels absolutely fresh and interesting.
Around 30 years ago, I was working with a client that had a gold project in Mali. I was intrigued with the country and sought out some local music. This is how I found Ali Farka Toure and his splendid guitar licks. He was a legend and the artist who attracted me to West African music. His album with Ry Cooder's in the mid 90s brought him well deserved exposure in North America. After this, he retreated to Timbuktu to revert to playing weddings and spend his "fortune" fixing sewers near his home town. What a man. His final musical offering is as good as they get. RIP
I say this is in the nicest way possible: this sounds like a CD my parents would randomly own in the early 2000s that they'd play for us while on road trips because of its somewhat jazzy and folky stylings remind them of Celtic music they enjoyed, and it would become a part of my subconscious moving forward without me ever knowing what it was. Really good!
This was surprisingly delicious. The songs didn't really go anywhere, but they didn't really need to. They just chilled out and did their thing; I like that.
When one traces the origins of their meal, they discover that even a simple pasta has traveled extensively; the tomatoes are from Mexico, the wheat from Ukraine, the eggs from New England, and the onions from Quebec. This album, too, has such strong roots in so many different communities. It is a deliciously simple dish with ingredients from West Africa, South Africa, France, USA, and the Arabian Gulf. It isn't the kind of dish that you discover, beg your friend for the recipe, and put into your regular rotation of meals at home. And when you prep it, it takes you to all those different moments with your friends across so many different places.
This album creates a very specific ambience. It's a humid summer night in the south, I'm on an airboat en route to a Louisiana gumbo party, just cruising through the bayou. I wanna get there while the cornbread is still warm, but I'm also not rushing. I've never done any of those things in my life, but if I close my eyes while I listen to this album I feel like I might have.
REALLY good. 5 stars.
This has a feeling of soul. Passes lingual barriers, and just damn good to jam to.
Would be nice to have on out the back of the new Toowong pool hall while smoking a shisha but otherwise probably wouldn’t re-listen to be honest. Cool sounds though.
I really enjoyed this, very fun to drive around to. It’s not something I would have listened to before but I can actually see myself listening to it again should I be in the mood. So for an album I’ve never listened to in a style I don’t usually consider I’m gonna give the 5 star
I loved it that I listened to the album again.
Una das mejores descobertas deste guía
Another one I’d listen to again. Love the desert blues sound from beginning to end, with nice variation in mood throughout. Amazing voice and arrangements too.
Lovely - blues and jazz with a Malian twist - warm and enchanting from end to end.
Sensational guitarist, hypnotic rhythms and really interesting musically - time signatures, scales and use of intervals entirely different to western ears, but still recognisably the blues - Malian style. I love this.
Amazing album. Great world music. Great instrumentals. Awesome find.
I really enjoy this a lot.
Prefer the grooviest parts. Very good.
If this album had English lyrics, it would be an easy 5-star. Maybe a strange reason to penalize it, but I really wanted to understand what was being sung.
i mean i wouldnt play it on my own but its pretty nice musically
I like it. Random blues world music vibe
Familiarity: 0/10 Notes: I have no idea what he was singing about, but man I loved in. African Folk, instruments playing different rhythms, soothe sounds, Ali Farka Touré transcends his language, I thoroughly enjoyed the album throughout. Real Rating 7/10
Strong. I need to explore his music a lot more.
Super unique feel to his music. It seems to be all tuned the same way with open strings. Love his voice although I couldn’t tell you what he’s saying. Makes me think of cold night in the desert
enjoyed this one
Very nice blues album. Good quality songs.
African folk blues.. Easy listen
Very cool desert blues, moody
Though the language gap was limiting, the music was really cool. I could see myself listening to this again.
Really liked this. Amazing guitar player
Foreign yet familiar. Chill but lively. Music imitating life, or is it the other way around?
Great Album, i never heard African Blues, it's very cool
Very good alternative to the US / England concept of the blues. I also hear some jazz and middle eastern music in here. Similar to the Jimmy Page / Robert Plant Led Zeppelin Unplugged album.
Really enjoyed this, especially the first couple of songs and the title song. Will definitely listen to again (in fact, I listened to it again immediately), but I foresee I won't always be in the mood for it.
There's a characteristic riff/line/warmup/intro in desert blues. It's not exactly a scale, so my mind makes a weak connection to ragas. This record has it in several places. Sometimes, a tune emerges from that stem, but more often the rest of the track crashes down in a percussive, deconstructed cascade. Those songs are the weirdest blues songs I've ever heard. Their coherence in incoherence is an order of magnitude stranger than any set of effects or recording techniques. Nothing here is particularly abstract, though: There is always the sense and sound of the instrument in the recording, which makes the crashing seem like that of blocks of wood. All that is just what caught my ear on the first listen. The songs that are different are also physical, but are far less formally strange. Energy crackles, but seemingly from behind a facade.
Cool album, lots of interesting guitar Parts and lots of cool sounds
3.5/5. Different and good. I like the instrumentals throughout the album.
What a delight this was, excelent.
No way! I read Matthew Mcconaughey biography recently and he mentioned this guy as his favourite artist. I listened and got hooked, can't believe he's on top 1001 albums! Buzzin, real cool, proper unique and different to anything I've ever listened to, like African meets American Western, Bluesy. Sick music for late night with a whiskey 🙏 4/5
Auch bei diesem Machwerk hatte ich vorher schlimmste Befürchtungen. Die sich nicht im geringsten bewahrheitet haben. Das Genre African Blues war mir gänzlich unbekannt. Diese Platte ist sehr geil. Der Vergleich mit John Lee Hooker drängt sich bei Touré sehr leicht auf, aber es gibt schlimmeres, als nach Hooker zu klingen.
Such a cool and interesting listen!
Never should language be a barrier to enjoying music. This album is fun and will make ya wanna dance
Pretty good. Very bluesy with a heavy African vibe.
the looser songs are lovely
Beautiful blues album
pretty good, not a big fan of the genre but I think it’s executed pretty well, the songs are nice and diverse and pretty groovy 7/10
Great music to have on in the background. Mellow. Enjoyed it. Read up on the production of the album, Touré had cancer and knew it'd be his last album. Puts perspective on the enjoyment and spirit of musicianship, over commercial incentive.
I've become attracted of late to any form of tribal music. I love the romanticism and mystique that surrounds it. It's like a non-Western partisan and radical approach to music. Rocking the Casbah, etc. Ali Farka Touré has some great chants and even better blues. I've no idea what it all means, but I'm ready to enter the frontline.
This is not something I'd generally play, but it's a great piece of work
I really liked this album. It has a droning quality to the music that took me off guard...reminded me of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way. Some really interesting sounds that are hard to place what instruments are making them. But musically it works. It has, to these ears anyway, Indian elements and middle eastern as well as African. I like the languid pace and the way the guitar circles in and out of the African rhythms offering colour to the beautiful tunes. 4.25 🌟
Rich, warm, laid back sound. Loved it. Fave Songs: Soya, Savane, Soko Yhinka, N'Jarou, Banga, Hanana, Gambari Didi
Really like this. Very well executed sound that envelops you. StronG 4
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Liked this more than I expected. bluesy and country-ish but without the awful truckdriver lyrics.
Really fantastic guitar work.
I actually hadn't heard of Ali Farka Toure before this album came up and was fascinated what "African desert blues" sounded like. It's a pretty accurate description of the music and my first impression is that I love the guitar sound and the grooves. The songs are interesting and I will revisit this and some of his other recordings in the near future. Another cool find!
Il y a des chansons vraiment magiques sur cet album. Cependant, ca ressemble beaucoup à son matériel. Pas que c'Est pas bon, mais Talkin Timbuktu est mon preféré et je dois être conséqent dans mes notes. Un belle écoute. 4.15
Very unique blend of sounds, and a fun listen overall.
It was nice when I wanted to relax after work. The melody felt like I was in another world which I appreciate since I don’t get to travel as much as I like to.
Instrumental de cordas africano com muito poder.
Really liked this one.
One's not actually qualified to assess the subtleties of this one or whether Mali was some secret fount of the blues. But one likes it a lot nonetheless, as one has almost everything one's heard from AFT (especialy In the Heart of the Moon).Plenty of haunting melodies and straight-up blues riffs. At once listenable and substantive, rootsy in the best sense (that is, having great depth). And certainly one wishes one knew what was being sung. One expects it would be soulful and wise.
I’m pretty new to the blues, and have never heard this particular style. I had no idea that music could feel so genuinely bluesy and African at the same time. Some of the songs felt very similar to the blues of the American south while others sounded more Arab-influenced. The album sort of flowed over me and partway through my first listen I really started to connect with it. There’s something very inviting and soothing here. I’m not sure how often I will revisit this but I’m very glad to experience this album.
I thought I had an idea of what to expect from "The King of the desert 'blues' singers," but I really didn't. My first listen, the music was mostly background for work and was, at best, unobtrusive or, worse, boring. It didn't seem to have the hooks I expect from blues. But on a second, more focused listen, I started to appreciate it more. It's not an easy listen for my ears --- unexpected timing and rhythm, lyrics in a language I don't understand --- but it is interesting and different and I do like it.
Without this listening project, I don't think that I would have ever given this one a listen. I found it very interesting, but I think it will require a few more listens before I embrace it as a regular listen.
Heel leuke Afrikaanse blues! Unieke sound met een leuke mix van verschillende genres
What’s striking about this album is the fact that it is clearly a blues album and clearly a Malian album fusing to form desert blues. The instrumentation was really interesting and everything just fit together really well. This album feels familiar and unfamiliar at the same time in a way that is wonderfully tantalizing. The groove is great, and the guitar playing is novel.
i apologize for being a broken record but i am thrilled an album like this made this list! there are a ton of western albums on the list but other areas of the world are included, too. i hadn’t heard of this artist before, but i do know an artist’s final album released around the time of their death can be heavy and full of significance. i don’t think this album is an exception. i wish i understood the lyrics without a translation service, but i appreciate music with lyrics in another language. it leaves more to the imagination. savane is a beautiful album. while i wouldn’t typically call myself a fan of blues music, i enjoyed hearing the combination of blues with african music. the result is an intriguing listen. it’s very pleasant to the ears, and is a nice tribute to touré.
A beautiful mix of different genres I like
This would be good music for a movie. I liked it.
I have a nostalgic attachment to Toure’s Niafunke album, but these songs are just as good. Music that makes you feel cool listening to it. Fun songs to play along to with guitar. Good variety of instruments: amplified harmonica, saxophone, etc. I like the French lyrics of Savane, wish there were more translations online for the tracks in Peul.
First time I've heard this. Really like it. Great desert blues
Very interesting- sounds like French North African blues. Easy to listen to, and to chill to. Nice rhythms. Shame this was his last album.
A brilliantly constructed album from an artist taken far too soon. Savane reminds its listeners that the roots of most popular music really do originate in Africa.
Never heard of him, and liked many of the songs
Malia music meets delta blues
This was a pleasant surprise. I really was not sure what to expect from this album and I went in totally blind. It wasn't until it started playing that I started to look up the artist and found out the style and such. I really liked the guitar, and how the blues and the other music blended together. Definitely a style all to its own, and definitely something I will be looking in to some more.
Nisam znala za desert blues al mi je drago da sad znam
This album is good in a weird way. The guitar sounds strange, but enjoyable. It's kinda hard to put how this album sounds into words. But either way, I enjoyed it. Probably won't go looking for more music like this, but I enjoyed this. Favorite song: Beto Worst song: Gambari Didi
J'ai reçu hier soir un message de mon ennemi juré eltrapeze me confiant son inquiétude au sujet de l'état de santé de Robert. Celui que vous connaissez probablement sous son nom complet Robert Dimery, bien qu'il eût été en Erasmus au moment de publier son grimoire des 1001, est aujourd'hui un vieux monsieur sénil. D'après les nouvelles qu'eltrapeze me donna, Robert se serait persuadé d'être africain depuis plusieurs jours. Je me rendis donc à son domicile pour évaluer la situation par moi-même. À mon arrivée, Robert m'ouvrit grand la porte avec un accoutrement pour le moins minimaliste, celui-ci étant constitué d'un simple étui-pénien. « Ti vé di thiéboudiène ? » me lança-t-il avec un accent très caricatural qu'on aurait dit tout droit sorti de Tintin au Congo. « Non merci... » répondis-je avant que celui-ci ne tchipe de la manière la plus forcée qui soit. Je décidai de lui casser une énième fois la figure.
Well worth the listen.
A very interesting record. I have not listened to much Malian before.
Love hearing different kinds of music. Guy is a hell of a guitar player
Not bad, some cool sounds
Interesting to venture out into a world that I normally do not go to. Great guitar work, overall a decent album
It was neat
Didn't give this as much time as it probably deserved
Blues sencillo y Cha-bo-chon.
Esta como entre Radiohead y the Nationals, pero mas blusero.
Blues originates from African traditions, became what it is in the American South, and returned to Africa and further evolved, and today I heard for the first time this evolution. It sounds really interesting, I loved the guitar work. Was enjoyable to explore.
I don’t remember it
Es como india o africana ... cansina. No me ha gustado.
A generous three stars. It's fine. I like the odd AFT track in isolation, but this album was a little numbing. The guitars twang, the rhythms lollop along pleasantly, but nothing really stuck. A nice diversion into Malian music, which I genuinely have some fondness for, but there's better stuff out there. There's better AFT music, for starters
Interesting indeed... just not my cup of tea...
No idea what this about but its a bloody Jam!
Otro comentario de mi estilo. Que está muy bien, pero me cansé a la mitad.
This sort of presented itself to me as sort of a psychedelic, middle eastern flavored blues record. I guess not exactly Amercican blues but it was close and definitely had a similar sound until the phrase would resolve in sort of a microtonal/different way to the American ear. I enjoyed this though
I like the genre/style of the album, but an hour of it drags on and gets a bit repetitive
Worth a go. A bit different.
It's good. It's slow. It sounds like the background music in a organic café.
great vibes chill relax cool
I love the guitar on this album! A lot of the songs weren't my favorite, but I appreciate the musicianship on display here!
Might be a decent album for background noise, otherwise I don't see myself listening to it much more.
Aside from not understanding the language, it's pretty good blues.
An interesting fusion of genres, but whilst enjoyable, not sure I would go out of my way to listen.
this kind of slaps very chill
I’ll throw a couple of tracks into a blues or afternoon mix. Interesting song construction and melodies.
the progression of songs was quite slow, but i enjoyed most tracks
2.5 bumped to a 3 because I did enjoy quite a bit of the instrumentation.
Weniger ausgefallen als befürchtet
Mit schlechtem Gewissen sage ich’s: weltmusik für mich schwer…
Maybe I'm too close-minded on 'world music', but I found this nice-but-meh
Its was ok, I couldn't really get into it and I fully blame my more "western" tastes.
23rd September 2021 Listened to the majority on the bus home from bowling with Cox, Dan and Ailis. I really enjoyed this, not what I was expecting. I like the bluseyness, it's epherial and primal.
Neat tunes. Not entirely my style but I respect the musicianship immensely.
Medio gede por momentos, pero linda música.
Really good. Unlike anything I've heard.
Took me a few songs to get into it
Not my favorite Toure album, but I haven't heard a bad album from the man.
Blues africano. Un tanto rollo. Le pongo un 3 por agradecer que metan cosas distintas en la lista...
Some really nice sounds but probably wouldn't listen again.
An interesting fusion of the exotic sounds of North West Africa, blues and folk. Not speaking the local dialect means I obviously don't have any clue what the songs are about, which means I focused on the sounds, the grooves and the feel of the music. There are some non western scales, which gives the songs an exotic edge. Overall not bad, but I wasn't blown away in the same way the first time I heard music by John Berberian or my beloved album by The Gurus.
This was pretty great! One that I had not heard of at all so had no expectations coming in, and it was a really interesting listen. I will definitely be checking out some more of his work
Weirdly I thought the album got stronger as it went on - loved the last few songs.
Took me a little while to warm up to this but it really grew on me once I was a few songs in!
Afrikanisch/arabischer Blues ohne große nennenswerte Höhepunkte aber auch nicht schlecht.
Enjoyable mix of African and blues music, no idea what the lyrics mean.
Decent blues with African twist
World Music? Is that condescending? Proto blues, some cool call and response vocals. Guitar noodling all around, it was sometimes captivating.
Respectable African guitar music from Ali, you wouldn't tell that this was his final effort. The minimal arrangements in the songs makes it stand out at times. Favorites: Erdi, Beto, Soya, Soko Yhinka.
Thoroughly entertaining, infectious grooves from the master.
Skemmtilega öðruvísi plata.
This was an interesting listen. I liked it.
Smooth, I like it.
There is a nice delta blues feel to this album. I like the addition of sax and flute and of course background singers.
On one hand, this is blues that often sounds and feels like John Lee Hooker and at other times sound exotic in that "wow, who could have imagined they make music in non Western and non English speaking countries [hint-hint-nudge-nudge to the curators of this list, who seem to think such music is some sort of an exotic exception]". On the other hand, over the course of an hour, I got the point and frankly got bored, too.
За оригинальность однозначно плюс. Интересный сплав блюза и африканских мотивов. Однако сам материал не зацепил. Не было песни, которая бы заставила поставить себе лайк и прослушать ещё раз. 5 из 10.
Ok this is pretty cool, it's got a dirty blues sound to it but also an African/Arabic flavour. Wouldn't listen again but I also feel like the project did what it was meant to do with this album. 3/5.
I thought this was fine.
I tried to connect with this. A whole lot of sounds and harmonies that don't work for my western ears, which is of course my failing and not theirs. Still doesn't stand out for me. Best track: Savane
Not varied enough to hold my long term interest I am afraid
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Soya
Pretty organic album. But unfortunately only one track is really good. (5/10) FT: Savane, Soko Yhinka
Stuk beter dan die Afrikaanse muziek van een paar dagen geleden, al had ik het na een paar nummers wel gehoord.
Cool album, would like to dig more into this artist's catalog - grew on me with the lush and layered instrumentation - 3.5 stars
I'm really happy to finally have West Africa in this project. It was definitely worth being included as noteworthy and interesting. I really appreciated hearing the connection to West African music and African-American blues. That said, this one felt a bit more like homework than listening for pleasure, so I’m not putting it in my rotation, but I'm still glad to have experienced this.
This was an intriguing listen! I am really not a blues fan, but the African spin put on this type of music makes it a lot more interesting! Hearing how Ali Farka Touré interprets the genre and gives it a different flair was intriguing! He still finds a way to penetrate with his vocals, reminding the listener that this is still blues music. I felt like where the album really shined was on the guitar and other string instruments. The rapid, yet precise picking often gave things an almost Arabian-sounding quality from a musical perspective. Where I would normally find blues music boring and drawling, the vocal and string qualities made this very enjoyable as well as easy to listen to. I have never heard anything quite like this, and I definitely enjoyed the experience.
I think I would have scored this higher had it been in English. Ties are quality but didn’t have an ‘in’ through the lyrics
Nice blues music, nothing special.
Estuvo ok. Igual es interesante conocer un estilo que amalgama géneros tan dispares, pero en realidad son prejuicios musicales porque escuchando el disco hace todo el sentido del mundo un blues africano.
Really cool instrumentation. You can almost see a connection to delta blues. I can't understand a word of it, but that's not the point!
I like blues and its always interesting to hear music from different cultures, overall it was a good sounding album
I enjoyed it as peaceful background music
nice blues album...enjoyed it.
I didn't mind it; sort of an eclectic or unique brand of blues. I don't know how much more I can say than that. It was good background music, it had some cool bluesy guitar sometimes, some cool subtle percussions other times, and overall felt more like blues meets traditional Brazilian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, South Asian, or African sounds. I know it was probably supposed to be more of the last one, but it felt more worldly.
So hard to rank these when they are so different from my usual listening. I enjoyed the sounds and feel
Background music for coffee shops.
Just not my thing
I wanted to like this more, but not really for me.
Not for me
Not for me
Not super interesting
Throw in a fuzz pedal and drop that guitar down to B tuning and this could be a pretty rad drone metal record. As is, not something I’ll likely listen to again but I love how clean and clear the production is. Dude looks pretty cool on the cover there. I want that chair.
Coming deep out of left field (Mali to be exact), this album has a lot of grizzled soul. Songs tend to be overly long and overstay their welcome with little variation to justify their length. This ultimately becomes an exercise in how much one can "appreciate" world music in one sitting, which isn't very long for me.
Anti perfectionist approach to this album, I like it already. Although, opening track began to feel like a loop towards the end. Stronger vocals presence in the 2nd track. But not too compelling.... A different variation in the 3rd track but after a few seconds it shows that this song is just like the first two in terms of instrumentals. Not my type of album. Needs more variation for me. 2 stars.
I will admit to this one being a DNF. But that's not because it's bad music - it definitely isn't. But blues isn't generally my genre as it's too slow and steady. It gets 2 because I love the harmonisation between the voices and instruments on the tracks I did listen to.
Ok, I’ll just going to say it, it sounds like a bunch of guys having a music session together rather than a actual album. I mean maybe that’s the intention I dunno but with the exception of the album title track they all just passed me by. I like to think I’m pretty diverse and open minded with my music tastes but after a week of doing these reviews it appears that I’m not, so there’s that.
A 2.5... ok enough for a light listen. I liked the depth of the music, in both the different instruments as well as the accents of blues, Indian, Caribbean, Spanish etc... Most of the songs in themselves were repetitive and sometimes too long. Plus not being able to take away anything lyrically and the spoken/chanting vocals knock it down for me. And was generally kinda over it by the end.
Mix van blues, afrikaans, arabische muziek. Interessant, maar voor mij niet lang te luisteren.
Het lijkt wel alsof het is opgenomen met een glas over de microfoon..
Has some influences of Robert Johnson, only 90 years later. Sound a bit dull, sloppy and some instruments are out of tune. And boy, I do miss the percussion.
Not my thing
I couldn't get into it. Not bad, just not for me.
Pretty chill but not a bop.