City Recital Hall, Sydney
An amazing performance, and for me (as a total ignoramus about African music), a complete eye-opener. Father and son duo both playing the kora (Google it), an African stringed instrument. Both total virtuosi. The music was remarkably “Western” sounding to my ears – diatonic major or Lydian scales, straight 8 grooves, but totally engaging, wonderful rhythmic playfulness, and a beautiful sound. My son (aged 22) suggested we go to this, otherwise I would not have even known it was on.
In an odd footnote, they brought on a couple of guests, including an Australian woman who has been studying African music – turned out she was the daughter of our family GP from a decade ago.
Hated them. Clapped every time the performers said anything. Obviously there were folks from Mali in the audience, and great that they yelled out etc. Mali has been overrun by Muslim extremists in recent years, and the performers mentioned tis, not in so many words. I’m trying not to be cynical here but I can’t help suspecting the mainly white audience had their moment of pleasure. OK, I am being cynical. But really, just » Continue Reading.