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Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali
@ the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
22 November 2013

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Toumani Diabaté biography

Toumani Diabate was born on August 10, 1965, in Mali, West Africa. He is of the griot or djeli caste, a lineage of musicians which can be traced over 70 generations, according to family oral tradition. Toumani Diabate plays the kora, a 21-stringed harp made from a calabash gourd, an instrument which has changed little over centuries. He was a child prodigy, who began playing at age 5 and performing by age 13.

Toumani Diabate made his international debut with 1988’s “kaira”, an album often acknowledged as the finest solo kora work ever recorded. acknowledged as the finest 20 years that followed, Diabate focused mainly on collaborative work, recording with both his fellow Malians (including Ali Farka Toure, Ballake Sissoko, and Vieux Farka Toure) as well as musicians of international renown (including Taj Mahal, Bjork, and flamenco group Ketama). Diabate also recorded with The Symmetric Orchestra, a group of griots that he hand-selected from across West Africa. In 2008, he released The Mande Variations, his first solo kora record in 20 years.

Toumani Diabate has been honoured and feted around the globe for his accomplishments. Most notably, in 2004, he was the first black African to receive the Zyriab des Virtuoses, a UNESCO prize, He also won the Grammy Award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for “In the Heart of the Moon”, a collaboration with Ali Farka Toure, who unfortunately passed away shortly before the record was released.

Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali (with Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté)

Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali (with Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté) Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali (with Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté)

Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali (with Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté)

Toumani Diabaté and Trio Kali (with Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté)


Recommended
Listening

 

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté - In The Heart Of The Moon  Toumani Diabaté - The Mandé  Variations Taj mahal & Toumani Diabaté - Kulanjan
Toumani Diabaté with Ballake Sissoko - New Ancient Strings Toumani Diabaté's - Symmetric Orchestra

 

Further
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Viewing

Click the images below to see Toumani Diabaté at the Barbican Centre in 2010,
or at the Festival Gnaoua in 2008...

Toumani Diabaté @ the Festival Gnaoua 2008 (click to go to this page) Toumani Diabaté @ the Festival Gnaoua 2008 (click to go to this page)

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