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Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté: Father And Son On Their Collaborative Kora LP

Watch kora master Toumani Diabaté & his son Sidiki speak on their griot legacy and upcoming collaborative album.


Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté has taken part in several joint projects throughout his time, including celebrated albums with Ali Farka Touré & Ballaké Sissoko as well as notable collaborations with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, and Bjork among others.

For his upcoming album, however, Toumani's decided to keep things in the family and collaborate with his eldest son Sidki for a "set of kora duets, recorded live at London’s RAK studios with little rehearsal and no overdubs," that showcase both player's improvisational sharpness. 

In the video below, premiering here today, Toumani and Sidiki explain the griot legacy of the Diabaté family. Toumani is the legend and veteran, but Sidiki shines in his own way, showcasing an affinity for hip-hop production — he's released some highly popular tracks alongside rapper Iba One. Watch the video below and look out for Toumani & Sidiki out May 19 from World Circuit.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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