Joy of African music

Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra Musicmeeting 2006

[via FoxyTunes / Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra]

I discovered some of the music of Africa way back in 1978/9 when I worked as a teacher in a rural Kenya; but in the last 10 years I have learnt more about the different styles and types of music across the continent with all its fusions and influences too. The rhythms of Africa are energising, and I find its music so life-affirming even when the lyrics of many songs are all about the struggle for survival, for dignity, freedom and justice. This clip from YouTube (via Foxy Tunes) features Toumani Diabate,  one of the greatest players in the world of the kora.


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