Saturday 14th October 2023
£12 full price early bird, £10 concession early bird, £10 Falmouth University & University of Exeter students
Amadou Diagne has centuries of West African Music at his fingertips. Cory Seznec is a musical wanderer and uncertified ethnomusicologist.
A chance busking encounter in Bath planted the seeds of a collaboration that’s been fermenting now for over a decade. After many “touki” (journey in wolof, Amadou’s mother tongue), the duo embarked on a new musical adventure and thanks to the support of Arts Council England those seedlings are shooting up into the light. Following Touki’s album Right of Passage (released in 2020) they are excited to be releasing their sophomore record, Plastic Man, at the end of 2023. Both albums were recorded at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios.
Their latest release focuses on climate change and environmental activism, drawing together West African fables, personal stories and the social, economic and political challenges facing both developing countries and western ones. From personal stories and experiences it aims to bring awareness to the pressing need for solutions to this giant crisis affecting us all.
Here the kora dances playfully with and around the banjo, the guitar the fiddle and the cello; the calabash and other percussion add powerful driving beats; and silky voices entrance the listener. The influences are many, and rather than remaining in any one tradition, the touki – the musical voyage itself – is the destination.
“Scintillating…Kora, banjo, and guitar blended with a rare elegance” – Rolling Stone France
Suitable for all ages
Running time: 90 mins