Category Archives: World Music

Toumani Diabate: ‘Ali Farka Toure Variations’ – Barbican, 02 June 2010

If (for some odd reasons) you did not know the work of Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate’s enthusiasm and awe for his music would have you rushing to the nearest music shop (or the internet). And rightly so. Ali and … Continue reading

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – Jazz Cafe, 21 October 2009

Bassekou Kouyate is the Ngoni master. (It must be true… it’s written on Mr Kouyate’s outfit!). He’s also a fun and fantastic musician and so I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out the band was playing at the … Continue reading

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N’Faly Kouyate, Ba Cissoko and Prince Diabate Kora Trio – Purcell Room, 12 September 2009

The Kora is an amazing instrument: it’s lovely to look at; it’s intricate to play (with 21 strings) and it produces a whole range of sounds. It’s iconic. It did pain me to leave the sunshine for this 3pm gig… … Continue reading

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Indian Late – British Museum, 17 July 2009

That’s the thing about London… Reading Time Out, you always come across unexpected treasures! I found out about Indian Late yesterday morning. The programme promised an evening of events, all free. I got there just before 6:30pm and queued straight … Continue reading

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Muntu Valdo – Barbican, 16 November 2008

Yes, I did catch up with Muntu Valdo at the Barbican (free) Jazz festival event, as promised. And I’m glad I did. He was excellent! The set lasted approx. 30 mins.He played Leta, which is fast becoming my favourite track. … Continue reading

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Africa Now! – the Barbican, 23 October 2008

What a line up! Amadou & Mariam, Sola Akingbolá, Daara J Family, Baaba Maal, Souad Massi, Oumou Sangare, Rachid Taha, Bassekou Kouyaté, Toumani Diabaté… It kicked off with Sola Akingbolá (Jamiroquai percussionist). Okay, it did need something noisy to start … Continue reading

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Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba and Tartit – the Barbican, 29 September 2008

I was really looking forward to this. There is a lot of ‘World Music’ about these days but I feel that Bassekou Kouyate still has a freshness about him that is hard to ignore. I was bowled over by Segu Blue when it came … Continue reading

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