Thursday, March 1, 2012

Diabel Cissokho @ Momo

Went to see Griot Kora player Diabel Cissoko at Momo this month (just found this to post).

A great session. His drummer uses a miked-up upturned calabash which he plays with his fists, which has a great sound, like villagers pounding their pestle and mortars in a cave.

Cissokho himself plays the Kora and the Tehardent, which is an amazing instrument, sort of like a guitar mixed with a violin, which when electrified sounds like a raw slide-banjo played by a crazed, one eyed Tuareg whose only audience is his camel.

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