Toumani Diabaté is a Malian kora virtuoso. The cross-cultural pollination of his music has resulted in his being charged by some for tailoring his music to western audiences. However, the fact that his discernable influences include Egyptian and Indian music suggest he’s simply an adventurous player with no interest in catering to purists.
Diabaté was born August 10th, 1965 in Bamako. His mother was singer Nene Koita. His father Sidiki Diabaté, was dubbed “King of the Kora” and recorded in 1970 the first album to feature the instrument, Cordes Anciennes. The couple performed together in the government-sponsored Ensemble National Instrumental. Favored by the first leader of the post-colonial era, Modibo... Read More