Toumani Diabate

Toumani Diabate

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Uncontested master of the kora (West African harp-lute) and largely responsible for bringing the instrument to the attention of audiences around the world. Toumani released the first ever solo kora album 'Kaira' in 1988 and since then he's carried his instrument's exquisite, tingling cadences into his collaborative projects with bluesman Taj Mahal, flamenco badboys Ketama and Blur's Damon Albarn to name but a few. Simultaneously, his solo works have continually pushed the boundaries of the kora with new techniques and influences. His duets album 'In the Heart of the Moon' with Ali Farka Toure won a GRAMMY and his album 'Boulevard de l'Indepandance' with the Symmetric Orchestra unites the two sides of this remarkable musical personality the virtuosic traditionalist and the restless innovator in one seething pot of rhythm.