intheheartNice quiet morning at home, baking bread, waiting for paint to dry and thinking about good music. So, here’s some. In 1998 Bruce Cockburn went to visit Mali for a film called River of Sand and along the way got to play with two of West Africa’s top musicians – Ali Farka Toure, a stunning blues guitarist, now sadly dead, but who made some beautiful albums and collaborations along the way (his album Talking Timbuktu, with Ry Cooder is one of my favourites); and Toumani Diabate, prince of kora players (my favourite album is a solo effort, The Mande Variations, which I play often for children coming into collective worship). You can watch clips from Bruce’s film and him jamming with Toure and singing his World of Wonders with Diabate here.

T936full-ali-farka-toure-toumani-diabateo complete the triangle of joy, Toure and Diabate have made music together, both being Malian and important and all – the best album is In the Heart of the Moon (2005).

If you want a morning of lifting the lid off musical boundaries, listen to all three and on a snowy day, heralding a snowy week in Milton Keynes, bring some sunshine to your soul!


About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011, looking to make education effective for the whole child and keeping a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for all our children. The views on this blog are all my own, and not in any way those of the school I lead!

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