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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B00IU5AHC8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1. Hamadoun Toure
2. Claudia & Salma
3. Rachid Ouiguini
4. Toguna Industries
5. Lampedusa
6. Bagadaji Sirifoula
7. Tijaniya
8. Dr. Cheikh Modibo Diarra
9. A. C. I. 2000 Diaby
10. Bansang

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Format: Audio CD
I don't ordinarily write reviews but since this hasn't got any at the time of writing, I felt I'd offer up my thoughts.

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.
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Instrumental kora music from Mali. Father and son playing some classics with one new song 'Lampedusa'. You'll recognise some of the tracks if you are familiar with Malian music but the interpretations here are their own.
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.
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I missed this album when it first came out , and only got it in the new year following being highly listed in many best albums of 2014. It came 2nd overall in FRoots Magazine albums of the year. Toumani Diabate is a master Kora player who has been around for a long time and has produced some fantastic collaborative albums as well as superb solo recording over 20 plus years . He is widely acclaimed , and his lyrical playing always guarantees highly pleasurable listening. The Kora also know as the African Harp is a fascinating multi stringed instrument, looking like a gourd at the base with a stick rising out from it (which is presumably how it originated) with a splay of a dozen or so strings stretched out fanwise. Here he plays duets with his son Sidiki, in the past they have rarely performed together, the youngster has a more brash abrupt percussive style. They sat down together and recorded this in a brief session, many of the tracks are apparently first takes. It is a fine recording, making for relaxed chilled listening, and its complexities are revealed with repeated plays ,this comes highly recommended ,
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Absolutely deserved the 'Best Group' award at the Songlines Music Awards 2015. Top musicianship, top compositional variety, top recording. Extremely accessible music, even for those who might not consider world music 'for them'. The packaging is a colourful solid-card gatefold, and the booklet contains interesting descriptions/context for each of the ten tracks (see pictures).
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I had very high expectations of this album: the Mande Variations is one of my all time favourite albums and Ali and Toumani could be played on infinite repeat and I'd still uncover new morsels of intricacy and delight.

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.
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