Toumani Diabaté

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The 10 best global albums of 2021
Introspective cello in Mexico, rich South African jazz and a Malian master’s marriage of kora with symphonic orchestration were among the year’s highlights

Ammar Kalia

21, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra: Kôrôlén review – an unequal balance
The LSO threatens to overwhelm the tumbling delicacy of Diabaté’s kora in this live recording from 2008

Neil Spencer

24, Apr, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Womad review – from Mexico to Mali, ska to the squeezebox, world music celebrates fusion
Seu Jorge did Bowie, Estonian folkies took on bagpiping and a knock-out celebration of global sounds was packed with highlights despite a rainy weekend

Robin Denselow

31, Jul, 2017 @2:26 PM

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Damon Albarn: 'Mali's music is an inspiration for me – t​hat’s why I’ve been here so many times'
The Blur frontman was among the artists visiting a three-day demonstration of peace in the west African country, where there is a ‘hunger for music’

Simon Broughton in Bamako

02, Feb, 2016 @4:41 PM

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Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté: 'It's like an entire music industry in one family'

Hailing from a musical dynasty that stretches back 77 generations, Toumani Diabaté's exquisite kora playing has gone global. Now he is joined on a new album by his son Sidiki

Andy Morgan

22, May, 2014 @10:17 PM

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Nine Inch Nails, Mac DeMarco, Fat Out Fest: this week's new live music

Nine Inch Nails | Mac DeMarco | Toumani And Sidiki Diabate | Fat Out Fest | Phronesis | Gloria: A Pigtale

Jennifer Lucy Allan, Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

17, May, 2014 @5:00 AM

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Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki review – virtuoso, upbeat kora duets
Malian griot legend Toumani Diabaté and his hip-hop star son Sidiki team up for an album of rapid-fire kora duets, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

01, May, 2014 @8:00 PM

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Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – a musical master and apprentice: video

A quarter of a century ago, Toumani Diabaté played in London with his father, Sidiki. Now the great kora player is performing alongside and has made an album with his son, also called Sidiki.

17, Mar, 2014 @2:50 PM

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The First Time With…; The Value of Failure; 15 Minute Drama: What Would Elizabeth Bennet Do? – radio review

Programmes celebrating mishaps and misses provided a refreshing blast of reality, writes Euan Ferguson

Euan Ferguson

08, Mar, 2014 @6:00 PM

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Toumani Diabaté with Sidiki Diabaté and Trio Da Kali - review

The world's most celebrated kora exponent plays his first live debut with his son, Sidiki, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

25, Nov, 2013 @3:42 PM

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A week in Mali with Africa Express – Olugbenga Adelekan's diary

Metronomy's Olugbenga Adelekan and this diary of his week in Mali recording an album with the likes of Damon Albarn and Brian Eno, and local musicians

18, Oct, 2013 @3:17 PM

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Future Glastonbury festival headliners: which bands are making the most noise

Six Glastonbury acts that are lower down the bill but are worth watching – and may just be headlining in five years' time

Paul MacInnes, Harriet Gibsone, Paul Lester and Caspar Llewellyn Smith

24, Jun, 2013 @4:02 PM

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