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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000028DDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Alla l'Aa Ke
2. Jarabi
3. Kaira
4. Konkoba
5. Tubaka

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is Toumani Diabate at his best. Personally, I prefer this CD to his more recent New Ancient Strings (with Ballake Sissoko) - the style is more traditional kora (if kora without song can be traditional, of course!), the virtuosity and pure melodic rythm more intense, I feel, than in the more recent CD. Either way, Kora music is pure magic, as is this CD.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Williams on 6 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have no flare for writing interesting or informative music reviews. So I'll just say, if you think this music isn't truly wonderful, you are probably dead.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Garcia F. Dias on 3 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's great to ear different things sometimes, just to take your ear off of the ususal stuff. Diabate is a great musician.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
New Classic for Strings 9 Aug. 2002
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I studied classical music for quite a few years (as an amateur who enjoys piano and chamber music.) What is the most-played CD in my collection? Chopin's Nocturnes, the Moscow Concert of Horowitz? Nope, it's a CD by Toumani Diabate, New Ancient Strings. I am so addicted to the sound of the Mali harp-lute, the kora, that I also bought this CD "Kaira" or "Peace."
This is a much earlier CD, dating back to 1988. It is a solo CD, that is, Diabate plays alone instead of with a friend to provide the traditional rocking bass that support the improvisational treble. Here, on Kaira, Diabate plays both parts treble and bass, so the music is more immediate, but less complex. It's also livelier and has some very folk-sounding tunes. My particular favorite is "Jarabi" , with it's rocking, two-note figure in the base, and a rippling melody.
Diabate is the son of the Mali kora "King" --so he is often referred to as, of course, the "Prince" of the kora. His music is complex, jazzlike, traditional and fascinating. If you liked New Ancient Strings and want to hear Diabate on his own, this is an interesting and listenable CD. I played it for someone who was unfamiliar with Diabate and kora music and he was impressed, too.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, motivating music 14 Sept. 2005
By ceapena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own 2 CDs by Toumani Diabate, Kaira and New Ancient Strings. Perhaps it's because I had Kaira first and fell in love with the kora through this CD, but Kaira is definitely my favorite of the two (don't get me wrong - I love both and actively listen to both). On Kaira Toumani Diabate plays solo kora, and when I realized that this was one person playing one instrument with no overdubbing I was floored. The music has so many layers to it, bass lines, rhythm, melody, that it is amazing to know it comes from only ten fingers (not sure how many of those you actually use to play the kora). It is beautiful, complex, ethereal, and somehow motivating all at once.

When I went to the hospital to give birth I brought 2 CDs with me - this one and Putmayo's Music from the Tea Lands collection (I highly recommend this one too). As I played these 2 CDs over and over (and over and over) during labor the hospital staff kept complimenting the music and the atmosphere that it created. Ultimately I gave birth to the Toumani Diabate CD, with the doctor humming along. I still listen to this CD all the time, after having owned it for years! This is a true testament to any music, that it stands the test of time.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Kaira - Peace 9 July 2002
By Nick Cartier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This solo album by Toumani Diabate is really a nice piece. However, it has a very different feel from Toumani's other popular recording, New Ancient Strings. Kaira is more earthy and raw sounding, whereas the acoustic used to record N.A.S. allows some echo, which really changes the mood. Kaira has no echo at all. But this does not make it unworthy! The music is excellent, especially the second track, Jarabi, my personal favorite. Overall a very good rootsy kora recording, with very nice pieces.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Old Gold! 22 Jan. 2000
By Muselover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was my introduction to kora music about 7 years ago - I guess it's not really an "old" recording, but relatively speaking it is. Every track is excellent - beautiful harp-like sounds, very relaxing. The music truly has depth, and still sounds wonderful to me after all these years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
extremely talented musician and composer 18 Oct. 2008
By dtyamz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All instrumental, solo music by an incredibly talented and unique Kora player. The Kora is a West African stringed instrument which has also been called the lute-harp (by those who need a point of reference). You really have to hear it to believe and appreciate it. I'm an accomplished acoustic and electric guitar player, heavily influenced by a wide variety of classical misic. For long lasting, non-intrusive listenability, I highly recommend this, especially for musicians of stringed instruments, including of course the piano. The melodic and rhytmic counterpoint is phenomenal and unique. I get drawn into it similar to the way that Mozart's Nachtmusik or Vivaldi's Four Seasons do, it's meditative. His later album is very similar, the Mande Variations. I bought them both at the same time. Make no mistake: this is very fine art.
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