TVC E, NEWS - Mali paid tribute to the "genius" of Ali Farka Toure by naming a square in the capital after him.
This comes as the country marks the 10th anniversary of the death of one of Africa's most renowned musicians.
Ali Farka Toure Square, complete with a statue of the two-time Grammy winner, was inaugurated in Bamako in a simple ceremony attended by family members, friends, representatives from the culture minister and a former prime minister.
The national museum also opened an exhibition of photographs from the life of the man known as the "African John Lee Hooker". A tribute concert and football tournament was held at the weekend.
Vieux Farka Toure recalled that his father "had a special way of playing" which he himself adopted.
Recognised worldwide as one of the most important musicians in Africa, Toure was born in 1939 in Kanau in northern Mali. He died on March 7, 2006...
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TVC E - Superstar Rihanna was set to hit the stage at the Grammy's which held at Staples Center in Los Angeles but she pulled the plug on her performance.
According to reports, Riri arrived at the venue, but did not walk the red carpet. She went to rehearsals and left.
Reports made it known that she is currently battling bronchitis and decided not to perform because it could permanently damage her vocal cords....