Toumani Diabate with Songhai

Back in the late 80s and early 90s Joe Boyd put together some musicians from Spain, Mali and the UK and released two records by them under the name Songhai. The group blended the flamenco of Ketama with the dazzling kora playing of Toumani Diabate, with the great British bassist Danny Thompson thrown in to anchor the whole thing. The result was sublime (check out the clip of “Jarabi” above).

NB: Toumani Diabate will be on a short American tour (including 2 nights in Minny!) with his amazing Symmetric Orchestra. Miss them now and regret later.

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One Response to “Toumani Diabate with Songhai”

  1. sotiriadou Says:

    Great clip, loved the zoomin in on toumani’s hands, finally I see what is going on here! Great music, and his concert in London was fab

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