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Vieux Farka Touré performs in the WGBH studios in Boston.

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Sonia Narang

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    Marco interviews Ali Farka Touré in the shade of a mango tree on Ali’s farm.

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    Marco Werman

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    Playing cards was one of the past-times Ali Farka Touré enjoyed at his home in Niafunké.

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    Marco Werman

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    It would’ve been unthinkable to forbid the near-sacred ritual of tea, but that’s what the jihadists did in Mali last year.

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    Marco Werman

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    Ali Farka Touré, in the umbrella hat, plies his way across the Niger River to his farm.

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    Marco Werman

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    Ali and one of his friends and neighbors in Niafunké, a Touareg woman. The Songhai, Ali’s ethnic group, Touareg and Fulani intermarried for decades. So social divisions were alarmingly unfamiliar in northern Mali.

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    Marco Werman

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    Ali Farka Touré relaxing in his living room.

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    Marco Werman

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    Main street, Niafunké, Mali.

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    Marco Werman

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    This is the road to Niafunké. You won’t be able to find it. But the drivers who take the route regularly know every stone and pothole on the route.

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    Marco Werman

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    Niafunké, Mali, home of the late Ali Farka Touré, birthplace of his son Vieux, is just on the other side of the river.

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    Marco Werman