The Mandé Variations

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The Mandé Variations
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 2008
RecordedLivingston Studios, London
GenreMande music
Length57:49
LabelWorld Circuit (UK)
Nonesuch Records (US)
ProducerNick Gold
Toumani Diabaté chronology
Boulevard de l'Independance
(2006)
The Mandé Variations
(2008)
Ali and Toumani
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link
BBC Music(mixed)[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
The Independent(favourable)[3]
The Telegraph(favourable)[4]
Uncut4/5 stars[5]

The Mandé Variations is a 2008 studio album by Toumani Diabaté, produced by Nick Gold for World Circuit. Unlike many of his recordings which feature large ensembles, it consists of solo Kora throughout. The influences range from traditional Kora pieces to modern Western music. [1]

The album was released in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2008 by World Circuit, and in the United States on 26 February 2008 by Nonesuch Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Si naani" – 10:31
  2. "Elyne Road" – 8:50
  3. "Ali Farka Toure" – 6:20
  4. "Kaounding Cissoko" – 6:27
  5. "Ismael Drame" – 5:45
  6. "Djourou Kara Nany" – 6:53
  7. "El Nabiyouna" – 6:03
  8. "Cantelowes" – 6:57

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lusk, Jon. "Review of Toumani Diabaté Mandé Variations". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. ^ Denselow, Robin (22 February 2008). "CD: Toumani Diabaté, The Mandé Variations". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ Gill, Andy (22 February 2008). "Album: Toumani Diabaté, The Mandé Variations (World Circuit)". The Independent. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ Hewett, Ivan (21 February 2008). "On Music: Never mind the label - hear the quality". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  5. ^ Mulvey, John (20 February 2008). "Toumani Diabate - The Mandé Variations". Uncut. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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