Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Heart of the Moon

Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Heart of the Moon

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In the Heart of the Moon

by Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté (World Circuit WCD072 CD)

In the Heart of the Moon contains two or three moments in which you hear a low murmur pass between AIi Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. These brief communications between the guitarist and the kora player are, it seems, all that this album, the first of a trilogy, needed in its making. Rarely do intuition and spontaneity proceed in tandem.

And with what elegance, too; wit defines the interplay between the two Malian virtuosi. Traditional tunes and songs such as 'Kaira' or 'Ai ga Bani' are stripped down to their bare essentials and then redecorated, with Diabaté's kora lines the equivalent of lithe runners. At other times, the two musicians settle into to-and-fro communication, each instrument introducing a theme for the other to embellish and pass back. …

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