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Mamadou Diabate

Malian kora musician, Mamadou Diabate is a member of the Mandinka West African jeli (musician caste) family. His musical lineage goes back seven centuries to the time of Sunjata Keita, the conqueror of the Malian empire.Now based in the United States, Mamadou performs around North America and Europe. Interested in bringing the kora to new audiences, he has played with jazz and other contemporary artists, however he remains rooted in the traditions of the Manding kora and his griot heritage. He is one of a handful remaining kora players that are keeping alive the kora tradition.

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Mamadou Diabate 12/29/05: Mamadou Diabate

Though he has played with jazz and other contemporary artists, this Malian musician remains constantly rooted in the traditions of the Manding kora harp-lute and his griot (oral historian) heritage.

Mamadou Diabate

Though he has played with jazz and other contemporary artists, this Malian musician remains constantly rooted in the traditions of the Manding kora harp-lute and his griot (oral historian) heritage.

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