Trio da Kali/ Kronos Quar­tet

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Ladi­likan WORLD CIR­CUIT ★★★★★

Kronos Quar­tet re­turn to Mali for one of their most suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions to date. Trio da Kali are a young su­per­group, and the al­bum starts with a re­minder of their vir­tu­oso skills. Hawa Di­a­baté’s emo­tional, soul­ful voice is backed on those an­cient in­stru­ments, the xy­lo­phone­like bal­a­fon and bass n’goni lute, by Fodé Las­sana Di­a­baté and Ma­madou Kouy­até. Then the Quar­tet join in, at first with re­spect­ful play­ing and then with ex­u­ber­ant, thrilling flour­ishes. Hawa had never heard of gospel mu­sic or Ma­halia Jack­son un­til per­suaded to re-work God Shall Wipe All Tears Away with Bam­bara lyrics. The re­sult is one of the high­lights of an el­e­gant, ex­quis­ite set. Robin Denselow

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