Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté is an extremely talented kora player of the present-day generation. At the age of 21, he recorded a much acclaimed album « Kaira », where he mixed the sound of this ancient 21 string instrument with nowadays textures, without any other instrument or studio mixing nor dubbing, just himself, the instrument and the microphone... But then again, his talent didn't come as a surprise, since his father, the late Sidiki Diabate, has been known as le roi de la kora. Subsequently, Toumani was called le prince de la kora.

In the early 1990s, he participated in the Songhai project, a collaboration with the Flamenco group Ketama, which resulted in two albums, « Songhai », and « Songhai 2 ».

His album « New Ancient Strings (nouvelles cordes anciennes) » is a re-interpretation of the album « cordes anciennes », recorded in 1970 by Sidiki Diabate (Toumani's father) and Djelimadi Sissoko (Ballake Sissoko's father). The music of that historic album is still played on national radio on important national holidays, such as Independence Day.

Toumani has recorded with many artists, and he made albums with Ali Farka Touré, and in 2014 with his son Sidiki Diabaté.

Toumani Diabaté
   Toumani Diabaté   
• Musicians on New ancient strings:
Djelimoussa dit Ballake Sissoko kora

• Musicians on Djelika:
Bassekou Kouyaté (ngoni),
Keletigui Diabaté (bala)

Born: 1965, in Bamako
Style: instrumental kora music

Title Year Label Remarks
Kôrôlén 2021 World Circuit WCD098 Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra
Toumani & Sidiki EP 2014 World Circuit WCD087EP 5-track download-only EP
Toumani & Sidiki 2014 World Circuit WCD087
Ali and Toumani 2010 World Circuit WCD083 Recording session with Ali Farka Toure
King of the Kora: An Introduction 2009 Nascente NSDCD006 Compilation album (1987-99)
The Mandé Variations 2008 World Circuit WCD 079 Solo kora album
Boulevard de l'independance 2006 World Circuit WCD 074 With his Symmetric Orchestra
In the Heart of the Moon 2005 World Circuit WCD 072 Recording session with Ali Farka Toure
Malicool 2003 Sunnyside Records With Roswell Rudd
Jarabi: The Best of Toumani Diabaté 2002 Hannibal HNCD 1462
Kulanjan 1999 Hannibal HNCD 1444 With Taj Mahal
New Ancient Strings 1999 Hannibal HNCD 1428 (US: Rykodisc) With Ballake Sissoko
Djelika 1995 Hannibal HNCD 1380 Solo kora album
Kaira 1987 Hannibal HNCD 1338 Solo kora album
Albums jointly made with Spanish flamenco group Ketama:
Songhai 2 1994 Hannibal HNCD 1383 With Ketama, Danny Thompson and José Soto
Songhai 1988 Hannibal HNCD 1323 With Ketama, Danny Thompson and José Soto


Page added January 2000