Tomorrow evening, I will be seeing Toumani Diabate in concert here in Princeton. Diabate is a legendary Kora musician from Bamako, Mali. The Kora is basically a 21 string lute used primarily in West Africa to produce some wonderful music. Truly stunning and Diabate is one of the most prominent, if not the best.

Take a listen for yourself. I recommend it highly for working at your computer; you can drift away.

Cheikhna – Toumani Diabate & Ballake Sissoko

Above you can see a picture of the man himself with his kora.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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