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Rokia Traoré: Né So

With her latest album, Malian singer-songwriter Traoré has made something beautiful and moving from the traumas of war and personal crises

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Vieux Farka Touré: Fondo

Fondo is not world music so much as music from the world.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali

An album that is paradoxically almost redundant and almost perfect.

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Segu Blue

If Kouyaté is trying to turn himself into the Diabaté of the ngoni, an innovator who takes ancient instruments and tunes and moves them forward, then he's going about it in the right way.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Blues

Twenty-two track compilation covers eight decades of blues music, from Mamie Smith to Ali Farke Touré, with mixed results.

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Ali Farka Touré: Savane

Western blues is brought to the fore on Savane, the excellent final recording from Ali Farka Touré.

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