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Toumani Diabate

Toumani Diabate
Dave Peabody

Toumani Diabate.

Toumani Diabate artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Studio Sessions

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April 13, 2009 Fleck recently visited the birthplace of the banjo: Africa. He plays with Malian kora whiz Diabate.

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February 13, 2008 The master of the kora, an ancient West African instrument, performs unaccompanied in the studio.

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Interviews & Profiles

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July 24, 2006 Musician Toumani Diabate and his orchestra have a new CD covering the varied music of Mali.

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Discover Songs

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February 22, 2010 All Songs Considered's latest episode features Fela Kuti, Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure and more.

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December 13, 2008 We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out in 2008.

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December 20, 2006 Tom Moon looks at this year's under-appreciated gems: the Shadow Classics of the future.

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December 5, 2006 Writer and reviewer Will Hermes shares his favorite albums of the past year.

May 14, 2006 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Meredith Ochs and Tom Moon about th...

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June 29, 2005 New solo work from Daniel Lanois; Reggae meets country through Willie Nelson; Malian musical leg...

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News

Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.

January 18, 2013 In a new song, 40 top musicians from Mali demand peace for their shattering country.

Reviews

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April 15, 2008 A new album finds the Malian master musican alone with his kora, a 21-string West African harp.

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March 12, 2008 Fresh Air music critic reviews The Mande Variations, a CD by Toumani Diabate.

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February 5, 2006 A look beyond the obvious choices at Grammy-nominated music you might not have heard.

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More Stories

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December 4, 2006 From NPR station WXPN, host David Dye chooses his favorite albums of 2006.

Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.

March 13, 2013 Read a list of 100 essential songs from the troubled but musically rich West African country.

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December 29, 2008 Afropop.org editor Banning Eyre chooses the continent's Top 10 albums of the year.

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December 18, 2008 John Schaefer recommends standout music from 2008, touching on classical, pop, folk and world music.

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