This years MusicNOW festival here in Cincinnati was another huge success, with lots of amazing musicians contributing and alot of fun had by its attendees. The only real dissapointment was the absence of Toumani Diabate, the brilliant Kora player, who had to cancel last minute to due his wife going into pre-mature labor.
The good news is not only that his wife and new child are fine and healthy, but that Tioumani is coming back to Cincinnati to make up for missing out on MusicNOW!
Diabate released the widely acclaimed album, The MandÃ¨ Variations in 2008 and is one of the leading kora players in the world. The kora is a 21-string traditional African Harp built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator, and has a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style, it bears a closer resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar techniques.
Diabate’s latest recognitions include a nomination from the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music album and was even mentioned as a favorite of President Barack Obama.
The show is set for this Sunday at the Cincinnati Zoo! And since it falls on Fathers Day, we thought it would be cool to give away tickets in packs of four rather than in pairs for this show. So, if you want to attend the performance hit us up at enscontests at gmail dot com with your entry. We will end the contest Thursday night, so get your entry in!
For those that are not willing to try their luck with the contest, you can pre-order your tickets right now here. Tickets are 12$ for adults, and children under 12 are free!