Diabate, Toumani / Mande Variations, The
Album:Mande Variations, The Collection:World
Artist:Diabate, Toumani Added:Mar 2008
Label:Nonesuch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-08-31 Pull Date:2008-11-02 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Nov 2Oct 26Oct 19Oct 12Oct 5Sep 28Sep 21Sep 14

Recent Airplay
1.Oct 28, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Ali Farka Toure
4.Oct 17, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Daounding Cissoko
2.Oct 24, 2008:The Rent Party
Daounding Cissoko
5.Oct 14, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Daounding Cissoko
3.Oct 21, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Daounding Cissoko
6.Oct 07, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-08-30 
The Malian kora master in his first solo album in 20 years. Ambitions, sweeping, captivating instrumentals. It’s just one man and a kora and it’s absolutely beautiful. At times with the energy and passion of jazz, others with a subtle power that just sweeps you up. Gorgeous tributes to other artists including Ali Farka Toure & Kaouding Cissoko.Play it all. This is a masterpiece of African music.

1. Mostly mid, lyrical, almost hypnotic, then more lively. Gorgeous!
2. Relaxed and flowing, slightly nostalgic, just wonderful.
3. Watch for nearly silent bits – the CD is not dead. Relaxed, gorgeous.
4. A driving, pulsing bounce that shimmers and flows.
5. Spoken word, crystal-clear strings, down/mid. Sigh…
6. Soft, liquid, dreamy. A lovely journey.
7. Hints of flamenco & the middle east, a tour de force. Mostly mid.
8. Midtempo with a gentle, sweeping air. Wonderful.

Track Listing
1.Si Naani 5.Ismael Drame
2.Elyne Road 6.Djourou Kara Nany
3.Ali Farka Toure 7.El Nabiyouna
4.Daounding Cissoko 8.Cantelowes