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Toumani Diabaté
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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.


Title Year Label Remarks
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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