Toumani Diabate

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Sydney Festival

Toumani Diabate

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 15 January 2010

Virtuoso musician Toumani Diabate channels equal parts Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and ancient griot tradition. Celebrated as one of Africa’s most gifted musicians, Diabate’s recording career spans more than 20 years, and includes the Grammy winning album In the Heart of the Moon, recorded with the great Ali Farka Tour.

More than any other player, Diabate is responsible for bringing the sounds of the kora, a traditional West African 21-string harp, to audiences around the world. He has collaborated across the musical spectrum with artists including jazz trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd, blues legend Taj Mahal, singer-songwriter/producer Damon Albarn and Icelandic pop icon Bjork.

For a high energy concert, head to Riverside Theatre for a night with Diabat and his much-loved Symmetric Orchestra, in a super-charged celebration of Mali music.

90mins (Interval TBC)

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