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Malian Musician Ali Farka Toure Dies

Malian legend Ali Farka Toure died yesterday at his home in Mali’s capital city of Bamako, the country’s Culture Ministry said. Farka was in his late 60s and had been battling bone cancer.

Toure was a respected musician worldwide, a master of a traditional Malian string instrument called the gurke who garnered two Grammy wins for his playing: one in 1995 for his collaboration with Ry Cooder on Talking Timbuktu and his second this year, in the traditional world music album category for In the Heart of the Moon, recorded with fellow Malian musician Toumani Diabate.

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