Toumani is absolutely correct that The Mandé Variations represents a new door opened for the kora, though it may not be starkly apparent to every listener in this age of the electric kora. I was particularly struck by the elegy "Ali Farka Toure." I am also enjoying the more classical album Kaira which carries the disclaimer: "This recording was made entirely live and unaccompanied by Toumani Diabate. There is no double-tracking and there is no accompaniment by another kora." Such praise.