Glastonbury Gold Part 4: Toumani & Sidiki


As Joel mentioned on the last episode, and with Glastonbury just around the corner it's time for one last mention for one of the acts from 2014 before a new wave of performances hit our ear drums.

So there I am, sat in front of the Glastonbury highlights show with a nice cold beer, volume turned right up and enjoying some rocking tunes.  All of a sudden the BBC hosts cut back to their presentation tent for one of their up close and personal acoustic performances.  My interest was piqued when I saw this was another two piece sporting a pair of instruments that I wasn't at all familiar with.

Enter Toumani and Sidiki in their lavish purple robes, this father and son duo from Mali are masters of the Kora.  A versatile 21 string instrument, the Kora is best described as a "double-bridge-harp-lute" as it does't fit into any of the more traditional families of instruments.  The sounds that these two gentlemen were able to generate had me enthralled.  

After a couple of songs I decided to pick up the self titled album, now these boys might not be everyones cup of tea but they are most certainly worth a listen.  The melodic strumming of the Kora really does have a peaceful and almost medieval feel to it, perfect for relaxing to on a nice day.  So if you fancy something a little different on your turntable then maybe this might be for you.