Desert blues icon Ali Farka Touré from the village Niafunké in Mali – interviewed at Roskilde Festival in July 2005. He states: “I just have my voice to defend myself. To make criticism. To defend my people and my dignity. And to defend the possibility to express myself through music.”
Ali Farka Touré is often referred to as one of Africa’s finest blues guitarists, and he has thrilled a global audience for decades with his music which gathers inspiration from local Tamascheq music, James Brown and John Lee Hooker. Ali Farka Touré declared that this tour he did in July 2005 is going to be the end – now he will focus on his job as a farmer and his position as mayor in Niafunké.