Toumani Diabate is my favorite wake up music.  I just found out he did an album with Ali Farka Toure (another favorite) and am a bit in love!  Mmmmm, enjoy!

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Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate: Samba Geladio


From the uploader:
In the studio we asked Ali, “Is there another Peul song that you haven’t recorded before?” And he played around on the guitar and came up with this. That’s how a lot of the songs were chosen, on the spot. Samba Geladio (aka ‘Samba Gueladio Dígui’) was a peul prince from the Fouta region of West Africa. After the death of his father, King Fonkobo, Samba Geladio was was involved in a bitter struggle with his uncle Konkobo and his half-brothers for his share of the kingdom.
These events apparently took place in the 17th century and have become subject of an epic tale of heroism, which is often recited by the griots to musical accompainiment, with plenty of magical and mystical enhancements.
Nick Gold (in conversation with and edited by Andy Morgan)