Musiques de Guinée
Prince Diabaté is an eminent kora player, hailing from a prominent mandingo griot family.
At very young age, he learned to play kora from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté who also taught Prince's
mother, Hadja Djéli Sira Cissoko to play kora, which is quite unusual as according to tradition, the kora is
to be played by men only.
Prince accompanied his parents during their performances, but soon he decided to make music his life, and in 1981, he won his first international contest in Abidjan. At that occasion, he acquired his nickname "prince de la kora".
In 1986, he met Amara Sanoh, a singer, with whom he started to perform. They made a first CD together,
Moving easily between the traditions of Mandingo music and modern fusion, Prince Diabaté has incorporated reggae, rap and blues into his work punctuated by the occasional, funky use of the wah-wah pedal. His latest album, however, is in a way a return to his sources. In 2005-2006, he went to Conakry to record the semi-acoustic album
|Djerelon||2006||Kora Company Collection|
|New Life||2001||Sunrise Records|
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|Lamaranaa||1993||Buda Records 92578-2|