Diabate's Orchestra Showcases Sounds of Mali

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hide captionToumani 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
Toumani Diabate

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

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  • Album: Boulevard de l'Independance
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  • Released: 1969
 
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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.

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