Djeli Moussa Diawara
Musiques de Guinée
Djeli Moussa Diawara (also written as Jali Musa Jawara)
has been playing in the Rail Band together with his half brother
Mory Kanté in the 1970s.
He then played guitar, balafon and kora, but soon he preferred to focus on
In 1979, he and Mory Kanté left for Abidjan, where he was the lead guitar player of Kanté's band. When Mory kanté left for Paris, Diawara formed his own ensemble, consisting of his outstanding kora playing, combined with balafon, guitar and female chorus. His first album, the 1983 Yasimika recordings became a cult album and much traded among West African music collectors. It was rereleased several times and became eventually available on CD.
Later, he sought to bridge his music with other styles and instruments, such as flamenco guitar and the hawaian guitar of Bob Brozman. He also participated in the much acclaimed Kora Jazz Trio.
|Ocean Blues||2000||Celluloid 67022-2||With Bob Brozman|
|Soubindoor||1988||World Circuit WCB 008|
|Yasimika||1983||Hannibal HNCD 1355||1990 release on CD|
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