3) Ali Farka Touré (2 Grammys)
Recognized as one of Africa’s most internationally prominent musicians, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré was a Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, His brand of music is regarded as a commingling of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues.
He was ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Toure passed away on March 7, 2006, at the age of 66 in Bamako from bone cancer, which he had been battling against for some time.
His collaboration with Ry Cooder in 1994, resulting in the album, Talking Timbuktu, earned him a Grammy Award. In 2015, a collaboration with Toumani Diabaté earned him a second Grammy award.