Monday, May 22, 2017

TOUMANI DIABATE (London Barbican, 13/05/17)

Thirty years ago, a young kora player from Mali met up with some flamenco artists from Spain in a bar in London. Despite the language barriers, they ended up jamming and so was born the project that became known as "Songhai". In truth, I've never been into the Spanish guitar thing that much, but the glistening majesty of the kora added an element of magic to proceedings, though I wish the Malian influence had crept in a little more prominently at times.

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