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We’re always captivated by Toumani Diabaté's very nearly superhuman ability with the kora. But backed by a full orchestra, something truly magical happens. Blending traditional Malian instruments and vocalizations with Western musical styles, mixing folk melodies with dance rhythms, the relentlessly innovative Diabaté creates something vivacious, new, and totally unrepeatable. We dare you to keep yourself from dancing to the exultant "Ya Fama," the shimmering "Boulevard de l'Indépendance," or the red-hot, Latin-tinged "Africa Challenge."

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Disappointment is almost impossible.

If it were debatable before, that Toumani Diabate is the World's greatest kora player, this album is sure to end such a debate. Boulevard de l'independence is not as purely kora as "New Ancient Strings" or "In the Heart of the Moon" but he/she that looketh for the Kora in this compilation will surely find it embedded beneath what will strike many a listener as modern african sound. "Tapha Niang" will still mesmerize even the most hardcore Kora fan while "Africa Challenge" will surely challenge the Latin American Lord's of merengue.

Balance = Symmetry

Perhaps it is with balance in mind that Toumani Diabate released Boulevard after Grammy Award winning In The Heart of The Moon. Look at the artwork,,, words radiating from the headphone clad Toumani in a very symmetric & colorful pattern. What a great image for this CD. Boulevard is a 180 degree turn from In The Heart of the Moon but may well win a grammy award this year. Check out songs; Toumani, Single, Ya Fama, Boulevard de I'independance and Africa Challenge to get a taste of modern musical intensity. Great tunes from top to bottom. What a bargain....

Representing the beauty and complexity of Africa the way only music can

Expand your mind through your ears! One of the best examples of the mix of traditional and modern African music that exists, this artist and album capture the beauty and complexity of Africa in a truly unique way - complex rhythms, driving beats, and playful melodies make-you-want-to-move! And yet the subtleties shine throughout, giving you a well-rounded dynamic experience. If you're looking for some great new international music, this is a must have. For some other great African music also check out Youssou N'Dour, Amadou & Miriam, Orchestra Baobab, & Ali Farka Toure, among many others. Enjoy!

Boulevard de l'Indépendance, Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra
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