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Toumani Diabaté & Ballaké Sissoko - New Ancient Strings (25th Anniversary, 180g) LP



New Ancient Strings' is an album by world-renowned Malian kora players Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko. Originally released by record producer Joe Boyd's (Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, Pink Floyd) Hannibal Records in 1999, the album was met with critical acclaim, and has since become a symbol of Mali's musical heritage and the kora tradition. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of 'New Ancient Strings', the album has been newly remastered and makes it's vinyl debut. Inspired by the landmark 1970 album, 'Ancient Strings' (recorded by their fathers, Sidiki Diabaté and Djelimadi Sissoko), Toumani and Ballaké took to making their own contemporary version. Many of the songs are taken from the original repertoire, but the music is all modern Mali and played beautifully making this an exemplary classic in it's field. Recorded in a single night, without any overdubs or rehearsals, the album captures the acclaimed kora players in the extraordinary natural acoustics of the the Palais de Cong.

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