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[Audio] – Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko – “Bafoulabe” (1999)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 27, 2009

Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko – “Bafoulabe” (1999)

Hearing the kora for the first time was a revelation; that I first heard the instrument in person, live, only made it more breathtaking: a single instrument to the eye, but the sound was that of a harp, an upright bass, the Indonesian kepaci, and a flamenco guitar together.   This recording of the most well-known Malian kora musician Toumani Diabate captures the range of the instrument beautifully, without any of the cheesier “world music” fusion-trappings that diminish many a contemporary recording.  The shifts in tempo here create a dreamlike feeling.

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  1. rich said, on May 31, 2009 at 3:09 am

    this is phenomenal, magical, transporting
    by far my favorite diabate track


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