Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Mamadou Diabate, African Kora Virtuoso, and His Album "Courage"
This is music that is likely to appeal to listeners who may not have much exposure to the African musical heritage; and it will impress anyone who knows the kora tradition. The kora, especially in the hands of a master like Mamadou, has a unique beauty and a gently exuberant presence playing atop an accompaniment of insistently but subtly rocking rhythm and note patterns. There are ensemble passages of a compositional nature. Each piece concentrates on particular rhythm feels, a tonality, thematic material and ensemble-melodic signposts.
Mamadou Diabate is a beautiful player. The music will enchant you if you give it time to work its ways. Highly recommended.