Released: Dec 1999
Recorded in 1987 when Diabate was just 23 years old, Kaira was reputedly the first solo kora album available in the U.S., and, simply put, it stunned world music fans. Diabate's technique had the melodic richness and dexterity of a player twice his age; he underpins each song with rhythmic bass notes while skating over the top with hypnotic, intensely felt melodies. Toumani Diabaté - Kaira 2006-13-14
1988 Rykodisc, manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company.