I thought I loved kora, and I thought I knew Toumani Diabaté’s work. Well I didn’t. Because, you see, until last week I didn’t have time to sit down and listen to one hour of solo kora music in one go. Now that I did it, I come back to it again and again. Especially to Elyne Road, Djourou Kara Nany and Cantelowes.
I know it may be an unreasonable demand, but try to find an hour of time and a quiet place. (No, not the car/bus/plane/airport.) Switch your computer/mobile/telly off. Then listen to The Mandé Variations.