New Ancient Strings (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition)

Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko

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Format: CD

Cat No: CRC1637

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Format Details: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

Release Date:  15 March 2024

Label:  Chrysalis Records

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  0840401701621

Genres:  World Music  

  • Description

    'New Ancient Strings' is an album by world-renowned Malian kora players ToumaniDiabateandBallake 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.

    Inspired by the landmark 1970 album, 'Ancient Strings' (recorded by their fathers,Sidiki Diabate and Djelimadi Sissoko), Toumani andBallake\u0301 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 its 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 thePalais de Congre\u0301s.

    'New Ancient Strings' has become a cult classic and is frequently cited as an inspiration for western musicians including Childish Gambino, and Bjork who later worked with Toumani Diabate on her 'Volta' album.

    Remastered from the original master tape by Phil Kinrade at AIR Mastering.

    1CD in 4-panel digi-sleeve accompanied by a 16-page booklet with liner notes and photographs by producer Lucy Duran.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Bi Lamban
      • 2. Salaman
      • 3. Kita Kaira
      • 4. Bafoulabe
      • 5. Cheikhna Demba
      • 6. Korobali
      • 7. Kadiatou
      • 8. Yamfa