Zani Diabaté, prominent guitar player in the Super
Djata Band, one of the most popular bands from Bamako, joined the Ballet National in 1963,
where he sang, danced and played guitar, kora, balafon and percussion. In 1969, he
formed the Super Djata Band. The sound of Super Djata, based on Bambara rhythms
and melodies, is highly coloured by the outstanding guitar playing by Zani Diabaté.
Since the late 1980s, band members Dounanké Koita and Bamba
Dembélé left the Super Djata Band and started solo careers.
Although Zani didn't release any CD since a long time, he still plays regularly
with Flany in the Albatros club in Bamako.
Band members in 1987:
Daouda "Flany" Sangaré (lead vocals), Aliou
Fané (vocals), Mamadou "Johnny" Diabaté (vocals),
Dounanké Koita (guitar), Abou Camara (bass),
Bamba Dembélé (congas), Bakary Diabaté
(percussion), Lamoussa Diabaté (drums) and Mamadou "Gorguy" Sylla (sax).
|Ni Zani Mana
||Mali K7 S.A.
||Mango CID 9899
||First release in 1985 by Milady Music
||Milady Music 10023
||Recorded in March 1987 in Amsterdam
||Super SF 048
|Le Super Djata Band du Mali - en super forme
||LP, late 70s
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