Balla Tounkara

Balla Tounkara, a traditional griot from Mali, learned the Kora in the manner of his ancestors, from his father. Needless to say that Balla is also a virtuoso at the complex instrument. Like his ancestors, Balla plays the Mande repertoire; in addition, he incorporates other west African musical sensibilities and tradition as well as world sounds, Afro-Cuban. Balla moved to Boston a little over 10 years ago where he has graced many a stage from weddings, naming ceremonies in the manner of his ancestors, but also international venues. (more later. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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