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

Toumani Diabate: ‘Ali Farka Toure Variations’ at the Barbican

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 Toumani is a terrific album; the result of a great collaboration of two fantastic artists… Unfortunately, the magic of the album did not quite materialise on Wednesday evening, leaving us to feel even more the loss of Ali Farka Toure.

That’s not to say that the evening wasn’t a success. I’m always amazed by how Toumani Diabate manages to make playing Kora look so easy to play! His solos captivated the audience. His music poetically flooding the Barbican. A true master always in complete control of his instrument; living his music.

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