Congrats, blessings, greetings, namaste and mazel tov to Corey Harris on first, a book he has written on Ali Farka Toure and, second, a documentary about Corey’s work.
The video is from “Zion Crossroads”the 2007 Telarc release that I still spend some time with. I mean above — the bigger news is a feature to appear on public television nationwide from American Music Research Foundation, “Corey Harris Journeys”.
Corey Harris told me in 2002 that he was first inspired to make music after learning about Boubacar Kar-Kar Traore, the Mali music master. Ok, he told this to Frank-John Hadley but I was there. Ok, he told this to Frank-John Hadley, who called House of Blues Cambridge and I answered the phone and FJH said “Ask Corey to repeat the name of the Malian singer that he was influenced by” and I went and fetched the word from Corey and called the writer back.
In 2002 he appeared with Black American blues and reggae performer Corey Harris, on an album called Mississippi to Mali (Rounder Records). Toure and Harris also appeared together in Martin Scorsese’s 2003 documentary film Feel Like Going Home, which traced the roots of blues back to its genesis in West Africa. The film was narrated by Harris and features Ali’s performances on guitar and njarka. (from wikimon)
I am just guessing that Corey spent some of his MacFound “Genius Grant” money on researching this book, on Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006); well spent, well-played. I and I will get to in in due course.
Corey Harris is also something of a scholar on Walter Rodney the Guyanese activist and educator, whose papers are in Atlanta (judging by the inspiring tracks 6-7 on “Zion Crossing”).
Corey is from Denver, went to university in Maine, did a year abroad in West Africa, pivoted from teacher to artist/griot, hung in New Orleans and Virginia when not on road or with family. I met him when I worked with Henry Butler, as they had a duo side-project together and were part of the world-changing Front Porch Blues Tour. I saw Corey at Yoshi’s not to long ago. Check that, too long ago.
Some day in Palo Alto: the Corey Harris show. my blog to God’s ear. Not sure if God is a Follower other than the omniscience and other duties.