Glastonbury Festival 2014

Toumani Diabate forced to withdraw from Pyramid performance

10 June 2013

We're sorry to report that the inimitable Toumani Diabaté has been forced to withdraw from his opening slot on the Pyramid Stage on Friday 28th June, due to illness. The Grammy-winning kora player is suffering from a serious - but non-life threatening - bout of malaria and has been advised by doctors to cancel all of his European and US summer dates. We wish him all the best for a quick recovery and hope to welcome him to Worthy Farm soon.

Toumani's slot will be taken by the highly-charged rebel generals of Congolese music, Jupiter & Okwess Orchestra, who first burst into prominence on Damon Albarn's 'DCR Music - Kinshasa One Two' album and more recently were a highlight on the Africa Express train tour.