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Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté

Plus support Tawiah

This event has been postponed from its original date of Tue 20 May and will now take place on Tue 3 Jun at Brighton Dome - more information 

Acclaimed as Africa's finest instrumentalist and the winner of two Grammy Awards, Diabaté now teams up with his 22 year-old son Sidiki for a programme of kora duets based on their new album Toumani & Sidike (released on World Circuit Records in April 2014).

Sidiki is the latest generation of his family to continue the griot tradition; in this stunning display of instrumental virtuosity, you can see the griot baton being handed down the generations, as it has for centuries.
All tickets booked for the postponed event on 20 May will be exchanged by Brighton Dome Ticket Office for this rescheduled event.

'…the finest Toumani collaboration … since his classic work with Ali Farka Toure.' The Guardian

‘touched by a profound sense of melody and sheer loveliness' UNCUT

'Born a griot, die a griot!' says Toumani Diabaté. Griots are the musical repositories of Mali's customs and culture, and Diabaté - born into a leading griot family - has elevated traditional Malian music into a major force in world music through his genius on the kora, the 21-stringed West African harp. 


Tawiah's voice has been discovered and admired by the likes of upper echelon artists like Mark Ronson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Cee Lo Green, The Guillemots and Gilles Peterson. A personal request by Mark Ronson led her to be the front woman and voice of his touring band on his 2007 worldwide tour. She lent her vocals to songs made famous by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Mary J. Blige.

Her latest release, Freedom Drop, (2013) also features Sam Beste of Hejira, Ghana hip-hop sensation Wanlov and vocal talent Muhsinah (The Weekend, N.E.R.D, Common), it is a melodic reflection of the past few years of Tawiah's career. It is worldly and soulful. Not only a representation of her life but a representation of the listeners and fans that have grown to appreciate her music. 

 Be prepared to feel, think and reflect.

Tue 3 Jun, 8pm (doors 7.15pm)
£15, £18, £20, Festival Standby £10