Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté 2014 Global Tour and Interview

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

First of all, if you like traditional Malian music from Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté, this is the post for you!

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté


Indeed, highly respected father-and-son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté team to record an album of unaccompanied duets for the kora, the ancient 21-string harp of West Africa are a please to listen to.

As you may know, over the years, Toumani Diabaté has established himself as the instrument’s modern master. Sidiki Sr. takes over his father’s skills. He records the first ever kora album in 1970.

While Sidiki Sr. is deeply rooted in the traditional music of his native Mali, Toumani brings the kora to the rest of the world. Toumani pushes the boundaries of his creativity by collaborating with artists of many different genres.

Toumani’s eldest son Sidiki also plays the kora. He is also a well-known drummer and beat programmer in his country, where he works with Malian rapper Iba One. But, while hip-hop is one of his passions, Sidiki still respects the mesmerising and complex instrument of his lineage.

Indeed, in 2013, they record a duet at London’s RAK Studios with World Circuit team. The album’s songs are deeply obscure kora pieces as well as Mande classics from Mali played with a contemporary approach.

Furthermore, check these links to:

  • find out more about their collaboration
  • download their music.


You can track and receive a notification on their next touring dates with Songkick. Nonetheless,  they may not collaborate together on each album. Notably, at present, they are not performing together.

Finally, check these videos below to:

  • get a snippet of their recorded music collaboration
  • know how a kora instrument is made.

If you have already attended any concerts, what did you think of them?

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