NPR logo

Diabate's Orchestra Showcases Sounds of Mali

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5578431/5578944" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Diabate's Orchestra Showcases Sounds of Mali

Diabate's Orchestra Showcases Sounds of Mali

Diabate's Orchestra Showcases Sounds of Mali

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5578431/5578944" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Toumani Diabate is known for his melodies performed on the African harp, called a Kora. He can trace his family's involvement in music back 71 generations. Christina Jaspars hide caption

toggle caption
Christina Jaspars

Toumani Diabate is known for his melodies performed on the African harp, called a Kora. He can trace his family's involvement in music back 71 generations.

Christina Jaspars

Three From Diabate

Toumani

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5578431/5578583" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Boulevard de l'Independance

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5578431/5578585" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Mali Sadio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5578431/5578587" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Toumani Diabate is a storyteller and musician known for his gorgeous melodies performed on the Kora, or African harp.

Diabate has recently teamed up with producer Nick Gold (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) to create a CD, Boulevard de L'Independance, with the Toumani Diabate Symmetric Orchestra.

From Senegalese Salsa to old Mande Empire standards, the album collects the various styles of music found in Mali.

Diabate talks about tracing his family's involvement in music back 71 generations. Producer Nick Gold talks about how Diabate's own music continues to evolve.

Purchase Featured Music

Boulevard de l'Independance

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Boulevard de l'Independance
Artist
Toumani Diabate Symmetric Orchestra
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2006

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?