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Toumani Diabaté @ Musical Instrument Museum

If you’ve played with blues legend Taj Mahal, gigged with oft-out-there trombonist Roswell Rudd, added sounds to Björk’s Volta, and collaborated on a Grammy-winning recording with Ali Farka Touré, that pretty much qualifies you as a big freaking deal.

That’s the brief history of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, who performs an exclusive one-night-only concert at the Musical Instrument Museum. Diabaté plays the 21-string instrument native to West Africa like no other.

A pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. with Diabaté precedes the performance.

Tue., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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