Musiques du Mali
Mamadou Diabaté is a young kora player from that
notorious dyeli town of Kita, in the West of Mali. His father, Djelimory
Diabaté, played kora in the National Instrumental Ensemble of Mali.
As a small child, Mamadou lived with his father in Bamako, and when it was time to
enter primary school in Kita, he already knew that he would live for his kora,
not for studies. His mother, though, was worried about his school results and
took his kora away. Mamadou decided to build his own kora and continued to
play, and eventually left school.
He started playing at weddings and baptisms, and won a first price in a regional music competition at age of fifteen. In 1996, he was invited to join the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali for touring in the United States, and he decided to stay. He now lives in New York, where he is frequently invited to perform at concerts of Malian artists or with American jazz celebreties.
His style of kora playing is innovating and versatile, yet respecting the traditions of this ancient instrument and reminds the style of his cousin Toumani Diabaté, with whom he worked before Mamadou left for the United States.
|Douga Mansa||2008||World Village 468082|
|Heritage||2006||World Village 468064|
|Behmanka||2004||Tradition & Moderne CD 50712 (D)||Also released on World Village 468039 (USA) in 2005 with a different cover|
|Tunga||2000||Alula Records ALU-1019|
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