TOUMANI & SIDIKI
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Top Customer Reviews
This morning, I'd never heard of Toumani & Sidiki but wandered into a record shop in Manchester - killing time before my train home - and was taken by the tune coming across the speakers. Asking the staff member who it was, revealed that the record in question was this one as it's just been released. He went on to recommend listening in stereo for a number of reasons listed below.
Toumani Diabaté is the finest Kora player in the world (his musical lineage dates back through 700 years and his own father was a world famous Kora player before his death) and here, he plays with his son, Sidiki, whom is more commonly known in Africa as a one half of a hip-hop duo. Sidiki is very much a 21st century Kora player though obviously influenced by his more traditional father and even more traditional grandfather. This is their first album together - Toumani played with his father at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987 - and through stereo speakers, you can hear the styles of father and son with one speaker for each.
The music itself is a harmonious joy, although tracks do tend to sound similar. For me, this isn't a problem as the Kora is a beautiful instrument to listen to. If you don't like one track, I feel it's highly likely you won't like them all and vice versa. It's gorgeous, dreamlike background music with my personal favourite being 'Dr Cheikh Modibo Diarra', presumably because that was what was playing when I asked the assistant for help. A fantastic record that I will have on repeat throughout the summer. Check out the tracks below before buying to see if it's your thing.
Coming from such a rich and long musical tradition this album is a real pleasure to hear.
It's fascinating to hear the different approaches to playing. The son, Sidiki, often takes the more active role with fast fingered flourishes.
They are touring at the moment so It'll be a treat to hear them live.
This isn't Toumani's best album, check out the astonishing solo release The Mande Variations.
The CD has great packaging with suitably arty photos and design and rather pompous sleeve notes by producer Lucy Duran.
From first listen, it seemed like a re-hash of all the old favourites such as All L'aa Ke and Elyne Road. This left my slightly disappointed but still happy that I could hear these tunes reimagined as duets with a top quality recording aesthetic.
However.. there is a seemingly infinite amount of complexity that unfurls with each repeated listen. The concept of Toumani on the left side and his incredibly talented son on right allows you to get lost in the interplay of 2 musicians that have pure, unadulterated musicality pulsing through their veins.
The grooves are positively infectious. They mutate before your ears into ever more elaborate and elegant duets with fabulous melodies and virtuosic runs on the kora. Sidiki's sensibilities are so astute that I'm excited for what the future will bring from this blossoming talent.
Above all, this music is so genuine. It's the absolute antithesis of soulless pop music. Every time I put this album on, anxieties melt away and I'm lost in an ancient soundscape of stunning West African music that has stood the test of time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible music. Toumani and Sidiki are exceptional musician. If you like kora music, you will love this.Published 10 months ago by mwandishi
Toumani and Sidiki play together with such harmony and understanding of each other and their music. It never fails to move and melt me!Published 12 months ago by Simone Davis
Truly inspirational music by two great exponents of the kora- sublime listening experience whatever your musical taste, Every home should have one, enjoy, Berlioz BPublished 14 months ago by clive burley
It was just as good as I expected and as I had heard them play.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer