Tinariwen and Ali Farka Toure. My musical horizons needed broadening and so a quick trip to amazon provided albums by these two artists.
Tinariwen are a tribe of musicians with no country in Northern Africa, homeless now for 60 years. Their music is a conglomeration of sounds from traditional campfire jams to blues and rock n' roll.
Ali Farka Toure is the recently deceased godfather of African music. One of the magnificent Senegalese musicians of recent times, he's been described by Martin Scorsese as "the DNA of the blues." It is amazing listening to these songs that share so much with a musical form so deeply associated with America. It obviously transcends time and place and gives you a sense of how important music is to heritage and people. It has carried 400 years over thousands of miles of ocean, achings of torment and torture in the slave plantations; and centuries of dilution in a foreign land.
Yet still present in music from Senegal is the familiar twang and vocal style of the Blues greats.
A reminder of music's ability to amaze and emote.