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Instrumental kora duet albums are rare: Toumani Diabaté’s father made one, and Toumani himself made the follow-up, with Ballake Sissokho. This time, he teams up with his son Sidiki, better-known as a Malian hip-hop star but on the evidence here also a skilled traditional player.

The tunes’ origins date back centuries, with father and son reworking them and rededicating them to contemporary statesmen and heroes.

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Toumani & Sidiki

(World Circuit)

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