Toumani Diabate at Birmingham Town Hall
18th October 2011
MALIAN KORA STAR TOUMANI DIABATÉ TO PERFORM INTIMATE CONCERT IN BIRMINGHAM
TOUMANI DIABATÉ PLUS SUPPORT REVERÉ (ACOUSTIC)
7.30PM FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2011
TOWN HALL BIRMINGHAM
£21.50 [20% DISCOUNT FOR FULL AND PART TIME STUDENTS]
BOX OFFICE: 0121 780 3333
Toumani Diabaté, one of the most important musicians in Africa, is to give a performance in the intimate surroundings of Town Hall Birmingham on 4 November 2011 as part of an eagerly awaited UK tour.
The Malian artist is renowned for playing the 21-string harp-like African kora, a tradition which has been in his family for over seventy generations, and is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world.
Toumani Diabaté has collaborated with Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Icelandic singer Bjork, US bluesman Taj Mahal amongst others and recently celebrated his second Grammy Award for the critically acclaimed album Ali and Toumani produced with fellow Malian musician Ali Farka Touré.
“He is a genius of African music, the finest living exponent of the kora.” The Guardian
“The kind of musician who appears once in a generation.” Charlie Gillett
Toumani Diabaté (kora)
Fode Kouyate (drums)
Fanta Mandy Kouyate (guitar)
Mohamed Koita (bass)
‘Toumani Diabaté is the alchemical genius of the kora, endlessly testing the boundaries and possibilities of his instrument, establishing himself as one of the world’s most innovative musicians without losing sight of his roots.’ Daily Telegraph
‘…can transcend melodies, spiralling off with flights of intricate fantasy, exploring spaces you thought only existed in the imaginations of the greatest jazz experimentalists.’ Mojo
‘the finest kora player in the world, plying the traditional African harp with a lilting tenderness that melts the heart.’ Traveller
Toumani Diabaté is one of the most important musicians in Africa. He plays the kora, a harp unique to West Africa with 21 strings; more than any other kora player it is Toumani who is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world. He is a performer of truly exceptional virtuosity and creativity.