Toumani Diabate interview

Kora maestro Toumani Diabate in conversation at PASS 2009.

Toumani Diabate live at St George’s Cathedral, PASS 09

Diabate mediates traditions inherited from Mali’s ancient Mande Empire through globetrotting jazz, blues and electro frequencies. A lifelong Bamako resident, Diabate rose to global acclaim almost 20 years ago when he recorded the world’s first solo kora album Kaira. Since then his career has been characterised by a fierce refusal to erect a line between an ancient locality and a modern cosmopolis.


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