Playlist: Quintessential kora

Posted on July 19th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


The rippling strings of the kora define the sound of West Africa. But the instrument is also hugely versatile as this playlist shows, whether played solo by the virtuosic Toumani Diabaté, duetting with the Welsh harp of Catrin Finch, the cello of Vincent Ségal or the trombone of Roswell Rudd, underpinning the Afro-pop fusions of Ba Cissoko and Toumani’s son Sidiki Diabaté, or creating exotic textures for western rock stars such as Björk. (Playlist by Nigel Williamson for Songlines. Photo of Ballaké Sissoko by Benoit Peverelli.)

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