Malian musician Ali Ibrahim "Farka" Touré March 7, 2006.
Born around 1939 in a noble Sonrai family and the only surviving child of ten, Touré picked up the guitar at the age of 10 and was determined to become a musician.
Hailed as one of the continent's most renowned musicians, his guitar playing borrows from traditional Malian music and from American blues.
In 1990, Touré quit music in order to return to his farm in Timbuktu. He returned to music a few years later, though never willing to definitively leave his land. He became mayor of Niafunké in 2004 and continued tending to the town while recording music.