TOUMANI DI­A­BATÉ AND SIDIKI DI­A­BATÉ Toumani & Sidiki

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - NIGEL WOOD

World Cir­cuit

Toumani Di­a­baté, the most fa­mous ex­po­nent of that ma­jes­tic west African in­stru­ment, the kora, can trace his griot mu­si­cal an­ces­try back 71 gen­er­a­tions. Now he brings in the 72nd – his son Sidiki (who, in an­other life, is beat­mas­ter in a pop­u­lar Malian hip-hop duo) for a set of in­stru­men­tal duets recorded in Lon­don with the ex­pert World Cir­cuit team in full at­ten­dance. Af­ter lit­tle or no re­hearsal, the two ko­ras be­gin a courtly dance, cir­cling, em­bel­lish­ing, leav­ing space for glis­ten­ing solo runs. As the im­pro­vi­sa­tions deepen, the strings rip­ple and glide, roll, tum­ble and swing in a glo­ri­ous in­ter­play that en­trances the head and glad­dens the heart. It’s an­other mas­ter­class from Toumani; the duo’s Na­tional Con­cert Hall gig in June will be one to savour. world­cir­cuit.co.uk Down­load: Ba­gadaji Sir­i­foula, Lampe­dusa, A.C.I. 2000 Di­aby

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