Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra - Kôrôlén
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #154 / 250
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Based on 8 ratings
April 23, 2021 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Toumani Diabaté's star, in particular, shines in new ways, and the continuities of past and present for him and his compatriots are constantly evident, speaking volumes about each player's skill and love of performance in Kôrôlén.

80
Uncut
The meeting of African improvisation and conservatoire discipline is perfectly calibrated as shimmering kora arpeggios are complemented by oboe, flutes and violins.
80
Mojo

There is no doubting their empathy as the performers seek connections ... Recorded at London’s Barbican in 2008, but timeless in every other aspect.

60
The Arts Desk
The result is well polished, but without the magic that Toumani has delivered in his wonderful collaborations with Ali Farka Toure or Ballake Sissoko.
60
The Observer
The massed ranks of the LSO threaten to overwhelm the tumbling delicacy of Diabaté’s kora in this live recording from 2008.
80
This is a really strong collab LP from Toumani Diabate and London Symphony Orchestra that brings together native African improv music and the refined sounds of an orchestra.

FAV: Hainamady Town, Elyne Road, Cantelowes Dream,, Mamadou Kanda Keita
LEAST FAV: Moon Kaira
Gaspurga87
78
La segunda parte del disco es mucho mejor que la primera. Destaco "Cantelowes Dream" y "Moon Kaira".
Memar
NR
I really enjoyed this. It's breezy calm atmosphere provided by traditional 'plinky' African instruments had a unique incredibly emotive and improvisational tone. It is so easy to get lost in the album's world. I laughed at the bit in 'Cantelowes Dream', Its moments like this that adds to the music's laid back and informal aesthetic. This is a very solid release.
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Added on: February 18, 2021