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All Tomorrow's Parties Reviewed: All Hail Matt Groening
The Quietus , May 17th, 2010 06:23

Luke Turner and John Doran raise a glass to Matt Groening and Barry and Deborah at ATP for one of the most enjoyably eclectic festival line-ups they've ever witnessed. All photos by Maria Jefferis, Andy Ennis and Edd Westmacott for


Toumani Diabate

Perhaps those who are familiar with Toumani Diabate as the state sanctioned solo kora player to royalty in Mali, the 71st generation in a lengthy family lineage of kora players and griots to tackle the complexities of the 21 stringed African harp, are surprised to see him supported by a smoking backing band. True enough, The Mande Variations and albums like it showcase the contemplative and complex music of the kora on its own but it takes on a different aspect altogether when backed with guitars, ngoni, percussion and drums. His signature sound of playing basslines, hooks and rhythm chords simultaneously, creates a fizzing and glistening layer amongst the tunefulness of the Symmetric Orchestra that demands motion from the audience. He is, to put it simply, phenomenal and the best of an outstanding African line-up.