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Cheick Hamala Diabate (Uncredited)

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Born in Kita, Mali, into the family Diabate with a Jeli (Griot) tradition dating back over 800 years, Cheick Hamala Diabate is recognized as one of the most famous nÆgoni Jelis in both the Malian and international communities. The son of two Jeli families û Diabate and Tounkara û Mr. Diabate was trained from birth in the traditional manner of one born into a Jeli family. Trained in oral history, song and music, Mr. Diabate quickly became a master of several traditional Jeli instruments of historical importance.

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Cheick Hamala Diabate 6/3/11: Cheick Hamala Diabate

This steward of the Griot storytelling tradition and master of the ngoni (Malian traditional instrument) delights audiences. Part of The DC Jazz Festival.

Cheick Hamala Diabate

This steward of the Griot storytelling tradition and master of the ngoni (Malian traditional instrument) delights audiences. Part of The DC Jazz Festival.

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