Toumani Diabaté

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Toumani Diabaté is a Malian musician considered by many to be the world's finest kora player - a harp unique to West Africa with 21 strings. A versatile performer, being equally at home with the traditional music of Mali as well as with cross-cultural collaborations with flamenco, blues, jazz, and other international styles, Toumani is an internationally acclaimed performer of truly exceptional virtuosity and creativity - someone who shows that the kora can rival the world's greatest instruments.

Toumani Diabaté is the alchemical genius of the kora, endlessly testing the boundaries and possibilities of his instrument, establishing himself as one of the world's most innovative musicians without losing sight of his roots. Daily Telegraph

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