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Toumani Diabate Symmetric Orchestra - Boulevard De L'independance (2006) Retail CD
You might not think the delicate strains of the Kora would fit into a modern african dance-band style, but you'd be wrong.
The Symmetric Orchestra (so-called according to the rather nice accompanying DVD because it combines old and new styles) start the album with a burst of jazzy trumpets, and kick off into a lilting beat that features drums, electric guitars as well as Diabate's virtuoso kora playing and some traditional percussion. The vocals are great, the songs flow along and the sheer enjoyment of the performances seeps out of the speakers. The overall mood is constantly upbeat and themore… final track is a real peach but just fades out a bit too suddenly when it sounds as if they could carry on all night.
Great for fans of West African music, a must for those who enjoy Orchestre Baobab and Cheik Lo, even the East African styles of Thomas Mapfumo and others.
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- Toumani Diabate Symmetric Orchestra - Boulevard De L'independance (2006) Retail CD
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