Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: latest of 71 generations of Malian griots in Liverpool

Toumani and Sidiki Diabate on stage at St Georges Hall Concert Room News out of Mali has been so dreadful this past two years that there was something extra-celebratory about the concert this Tuesday evening in the elegant, gilded surroundings of St Georges Hall Concert Room in which the world’s greatest kora player Toumani Diabate performed duets … Continue reading Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: latest of 71 generations of Malian griots in Liverpool

Timbuktu: rescuing books that ‘bear the human soul’

A 12th century Quran: one of the manuscripts that comprise Timbuktu’s heritage There is the bravery of those who save other humans from certain death (this week, for example, Nicholas Winton, the man who rescued 669 children – mostly Jewish – from almost certain death in the Nazi concentration camps, celebrated his 105th birthday).  And then there is … Continue reading Timbuktu: rescuing books that ‘bear the human soul’