Posts Tagged ‘Toumani Diabate’

Afro-Cubism

June 28, 2010

A sneak preview of the musical summit meeting of Cuban and Malian master musicians assembled by World Circuit Records.

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Toumani Diabate at Other Music

April 18, 2008

Here’s a great mini-documentary on Toumani Diabate’s visit to NYC’s Other Music. (And don’t forget, April 19 is National Record Store Day!)

Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra

January 29, 2008

The mighty Symmetric Orchestra just finished four sets in two nights at the Dakota. Ancient instruments (kora, balafon, ngoni) were enhanced with modern (drum kit, electric guitar and bass) playing 700 year old West African music.

Music infinitely delicate and muscular at the same time, it was some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever heard. (A few dates are left on their brief American tour.)

Photo by Paul Bergen.

Toumani Diabate with Songhai

January 12, 2008

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.