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Uncut (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]tately, intricate, meditative, rooted in a culture, but never afraid to transcend it."
The Wire (p.65) - "Diabate's virtuosity exists in a calm space, his dancing filigrees beautifully framed."
CMJ - "[A] wholly acoustic performance highlighting the beauty and versatility of the string instrument he has mastered."
Dirty Linen (p.50) - "Not only is this a stunning reminder of how much Diabate has grown as a musician, composer and improviser, but it is possibly one of the most meditative and most beautiful albums ever made by a kora player."
Q (Magazine) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Recorded up close, it's the very definition of a virtuoso performance and, on its own terms, close to perfection."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "His thumbs play a complex bass motif, one hand creates the rhythm and the other solos with a series of dazzling explosions that echo the sabar drums of Senegal's mbalax."
Paste (magazine) (p.73) - "His songs emulate a cascading waterfall....Never ceasing to astound with his unique combination of virtuosity and soul....You need only to hear him to understand his diabolical wizardry."
The Beat (Magazine) (p.14) - "[Diabate adds] unusual expressive elements to his approach while still remaining true to the history of Mand music."
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