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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.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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