This issue’s cover stars, Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté, have released two videos – ‘Father & Son’ Part 1 and Part 2. The documentary-style clips uncover the ancient history of the modern griots while showcasing their legendary kora performances together. Moreover, this footage captures the essence of their relationship as they carry on their family line one string at a time.
‘In the studio, Toumani and his son, looking very much alike, are hunched over their koras. I can see them listening with fascination to each other; the bemused smiles on their faces can be heard in the intertwining of the music, as they trade riffs and variations. They’re using an identical set of mics, and yet their individual sound is so different. The father is more lyrical, contemplative, majestic; his sound clear, brilliant and ringing. The son is more staccato and fiery, his fingers run up and down the strings so fast it’s almost hard to believe, sometimes hovering over two or three notes like a hummingbird before taking flight again…’ (Read the rest of Lucy Durán’s article in the 100th issue of Songlines)
Toumani and Sidiki’s new self-titled album is scheduled for release on May 5 on World Circuit. The first 100 CD/LP orders will be signed by the pair.
Additionally, live dates for Toumani & Sidiki’s UK tour have been announced. And be sure to catch them on the mainstage at Glastonbury this summer!
|20 May- Theatre Royal “Brighton Festival” / BRIGHTON
22 May- Theatre Royal “Norfolk & Norwich Festival” / NORWICH
24 May- Royal Northern College of Music / MANCHESTER
25 May- “Hay Festival” / HAY-ON-WYE
26 May- St George’s Bristol / BRISTOL
27 May- St. George’s Hall Concert Room / LIVERPOOL
29 May- Usher Hall / EDINBURGH
30 May- Barbican / LONDON
01 Jun- Warwick Arts Centre / COVENTRY
05 Jun- The Stables / MILTON KEYNES
06 Jun- Howard Assembly Room / LEEDS
07 Jun- National Concert Hall “Waltons World Masters” / DUBLIN
08 Jun- Half Moon Theatre at the Opera House / CORK **NEW DATE**
10 Jun- Bouffes du Nord / PARIS
14 Jun- Paradiso / AMSTERDAM **NEW DATE**
29 Jun- Glastonbury festival/ GLASTONBURY **NEW DATE**
US and European dates are expected to follow soon, visit www.toumaniandsidiki.com for more information.