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King of the Kora: An Introduction

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nascente
  • ASIN: B0026J8KT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jarabi
  2. Aminata Santoro
  3. Bi Lamban (with Ballaké Sissoko)
  4. Marielle
  5. Alla L'Aa Ke
  6. Kanou (Ballaké Sissoko ft. Toumani Diabaté)
  7. Djelika
  8. Kita Kaira (with Ballaké Sissoko)
  9. Bafoulabe (with Ballaké Sissoko)

Disc: 2

  1. Atlanta Kaira (with Taj Mahal)
  2. Africa (with Ketama & Danny Thompson)
  3. Take This Hammer (with Taj Mahal)
  4. Mani Mani Kuru (with Ketama & Danny Thompson)
  5. Sute Monebo (with Ketama & José Soto)
  6. Queen Bee (with Taj Mahal)
  7. Kulanjan (with Taj Mahal)
  8. Niani (with Ketama & José Soto)
  9. A Toumani (with Ketama & Danny Thompson)
  10. Ndia (with Ketama & José Soto)
  11. Diabaté (Vieux Farka Touré ft. Toumani Diabaté)

Product Description

Twice Grammy-nominated, Toumani Diabaté is one of the most important musicians in contemporary African music. He plays the kora, a harp unique to West Africa with 21 strings. His most recent album "The Mande Variations" (World Circuit Records) is one of the best-selling recent world music records having sold over 13,000 units
in the UK alone since it's release in February 2008.
"King of the kora" features material from Diabate's first six albums and is themed to show the 2 sides to his work:
CD1 ("King of the kora") - shows Toumani's unparalleled showmanship with a mix of solo pieces, duets with fellow kora player Ballake Sissoko and trio ensemble
pieces: in all of them Toumani's kora is the king.
CD2 ("Cross-cultural kora") - features collaborative pieces with Blues-man Taj Mahal, Ali Farka Touré's son Vieux Farka Touré and flamenco act Ketama, some of which also feature Danny Thompson (Pentangle) and Jose Soto (ex-
Ketama). They all show his versatility & ability to enhance other genres with his sublime playing.
Diabaté was born in Bamako, the capital of Mali, in 1965 into a family of exceptional griots: his research shows 71 generations of kora players from father to son. Diabaté
was however self-taught, never learning directly from his father except by listening. This album is the most comprehensive overview yet of the most important and
influential musician working in African music today. It was compiled by Nigel Williamson, Contributing Editor to Songlines magazine who also wrote the accompanying sleeve-notes.

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Toumani Diabaté once again demonstrates his immense skills here. The first cd is set well within the comfort zone and the tracks are solid. The second cd is more of a surprise and the rlationships with other musical styles very revealing. There is an amazing fit with Danny Thompson's bass - for any Danny Thompson fans these tracks alone are worth buying the set for
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This double cd is a wonderful bargain if you're new to the diamond-sharp tones of the kora (African lute/harp), and its acknowledged master Toumani Diabate. This album was compiled by Nigel Williamson, editor of 'Songlines' magazine, from 6 Diabate albums, and introduces you to a rich variety of 'traditional' solo and duo work on cd 1, with the wonderful shimmering harp melodies ringing beautifully through your ears, including kora duets with Ballake Sissoko.

On cd 2 are a rich series of collaborations with other artists, including Taj Mahal, the superb Danny Thompson and many others, but the haunting final track 'Diabate' with Vieux Farka Toure (the great Ali Farka's son) laying down an insistent driving rhythmn, across which Toumani's crystal tones cascade and glitter, is perhaps my favourite of all.

Some helpful & informative notes also by Williamson, complements this delicious bargain package. If you're thinking of plunging into the wonderfully jewelled world of kora, this is the place to start. A lovely album at a great price.
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I prefer the first CD to the second, where he makes world music. Kora is a great instrument and he is truly fantastic playing it. If people like listening to this and Jazz I would recomend the Kora Jazz Trio.
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This is a lovely CD and an excellent introduction to Kora. I particularly enjoyed the collaborations on CD 2. The cover is not very inspiring..looks a bit tatty but who buys a CD for the cover!
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