Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté

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Award-winning kora player Toumani Diabaté returns to the Barbican with material from his new album, Toumani & Sidiki (out on 5 May for World Circuit).

 

Toumani & Sidiki is a dazzling dialogue – between father and son; past and future; power and restraint – conducted through the kora, the 21-string West African harp which the Diabaté dynasty has transformed into the most iconic of African instruments.

 

Descended from a long line of griots – custodians of the ancient oral traditions of West Africa's Mandé people – Toumani and Sidiki are two generations of kora players in a family lineage which stretches back hundreds of years.

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