Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko: 21 Strings | Songlines
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko: 21 Strings

By Tim Cumming

With Toumani and Ballaké’s epochal New Ancient Strings to be reissued for its 25th anniversary, we speak to Lucy Durán, the album’s producer, about the unique recording and her documentary tracing the history of the kora

Ballake & Toumani Credit Lucy Durán

Ballaké Sissoko and Toumani Diabaté (photo: Lucy Durán)

Register now to continue reading

Thanks for visiting the Songlines website, your guide to an extraordinary world of music and culture. Sign up for a free account now to enjoy:

  • Free access to 2 subscriber-only articles and album reviews every month
  • Unlimited access to our news and awards pages
  • Our regular email newsletters
Register for free

Already registered? - Sign in here

Subscribe from only £7.50

Start your journey and discover the very best music from around the world.


View the Current

Take a peek inside the latest issue of Songlines magazine.

Find out more