Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Toumani Diabete @ Other Music

Other Music has been hosting some intimate live events with some pretty great musicians at their E 4th street shop. No Age, Vampire Weekend, and White Williams have all performed there during the past couple months... I just came across an April 18th performance by Mali's most baller kora player, Toumani Diabeté.

I will say nothing more than Mr. Diabete is the hombre. His music is absolutely beautiful. Check out his bio, read the blurb from Other Music, pump up the vol:

Diabate traces his musical heritage back 70 generations. His instrument, the kora, is more than 700 years old and is an integral part of his traditional culture, and this history is central to Diabate’s music and his life. He is both a musician and a teacher, a traditionalist as well as an innovator, and while many in our circle may have first taken notice of Diabate from his recent appearance on Bjork’s Volta album, or know his name from his Grammy-winning recordings with Ali Farka Toure, despite many high-profile and innovative collaborations, Diabate sees his primary mission as an educator and champion of traditional Malian culture. It was an honor to have him play for us at Other Music, and even more so to sit with Diabate and learn. The first film is centered around our interview with Diabate and is interspersed with highlights from his set. We’ve also included a second clip which features a full song performance. Both segments are truly stunning, we hope you enjoy. -Josh Madell

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