Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Listen with Liv: each month I’ll share some music that has lifted my spirits. I hope you enjoy it too.

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté (signed album cover).

This month, my choice is from father and son, Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté, master kora players from Mali. I love the sound of the kora, an instrument that has been played in West Africa by generations of traditional musicians (griots) such as the Diabaté family, for centuries. It’s not only the sound that I love, it’s the way Toumani and Sidiki weave in more notes than you’d think possible and it all fits seamlessly into the melody. I was lucky enough to hear them in 2014, when they performed in Edinburgh. Here they are at Glastonbury, as part of that same tour, playing Rachid Ouiguini from their album ‘Toumani and Sidiki’.

Music starts at 00.26

And here they are playing a gentle and poignant love song: Jarabi.

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