Musiques du Mali
Toumani Diabate is an extremely talented kora player
of the younger generation. At age of 21, he recorded a much acclaimed album
Kaira, where he mixed the sound of this ancient 21 string instrument
with nowadays textures, without any other instrument or studio mixing nor
dubbing, just himself, the instrument and the microphone... But then again,
his talent wasn't a surprise, since his father, the late Sidiki Diabate,
has been known as le roi de la kora. Subsequently, Toumani was called le prince de la kora.
In the early 1990s, he participated in the Songhai project, a collaboration with the Flamenco group Ketama, which resulted in two albums, Songhai, and Songhai 2.
His album New Ancient Strings (nouvelles cordes anciennes) is a re-interpretation of the album cordes anciennes, recorded in 1970 by Sidiki Diabate (Toumani's father) and Djelimadi Sissoko (Ballake Sissoko's father). The music of that historic album is still played on national radio on important national holidays, such as Independence Day.
This is great music to dream away and for meditation!
Musicians on New ancient strings: Djelimoussa dit Ballake Sissoko (kora);
Musicians on Djelika: Bassekou Kouyaté (ngoni), Keletigui Diabate (bala).
Born: 1965, in Bamako, Mali.
Style: instrumental kora music.
|Ali and Toumani||2010||World Circuit WCD 083||Recording session with Ali Farka Toure|
|King of the Kora: An Introduction||2009||Nascente NSDCD006||Compilation album (1987-99)|
|The Mandé Variations||2008||World Circuit WCD 079||Solo kora album|
|Boulevard de l'independance||2006||World Circuit WCD 074||With his Symmetric Orchestra|
|In the Heart of the Moon||2005||World Circuit WCD 072||Recording session with Ali Farka Toure|
|Malicool||2003||Sunnyside Records||With Roswell Rudd|
|Jarabi: The Best of Toumani Diabaté||2002||Hannibal HNCD 1462|
|Kulanjan||1999||Hannibal HNCD 1444||With Taj Mahal|
|New Ancient Strings||1999||Hannibal HNCD 1428 (Rykodisc)||With Ballake Sissoko|
|Djelika||1995||Hannibal HNCD 1380||Solo kora album|
|Kaira||1987||Hannibal HNCD 1338|
|Albums jointly made with Spanish flamenco group Ketama:|
|Songhai 2||1994||Hannibal HNCD 1383||With Ketama, Danny Thompson and José Soto|
|Songhai||1988||Hannibal HNCD 1323||With Ketama, Danny Thompson and José Soto|
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