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Alhaji Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, and Ma Lamini Jobate Perform 'Gambian Griot Kora Duets' (album review)

Over 40 years after its original release, Gambian Griot Kora Duets remains blissfully exciting. It's available on vinyl this Friday.

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Madina N'Diaye: Bimogow

Madina N'Diaye plays an elegant kora.

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Toubab Krewe: Live at the Orange Peel

The West African touch Justin Perkins brings in with his kora and kamel ngoni gives the American rock sound something to work with.

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Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze:Sira

Sira is lovely in lots of small and unobtrusive ways -- it sort of wanders up to you, does its thing gently for a while, then melts away into the foliage, mission accomplished.

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Seckou Keita Quintet, SKQ: The Silimbo Passage

Attractive Music That Likes You.

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Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko: Africa to Appalachia

The kora, with its lacelike and intricate patterns of notes, is the more attention-catching instrument, and you could easily forget that this album is a partnership and start to think of it as a Mansa Sissoko project.

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