Mamadou Diabate Ensemble

Mamadou Diabate Ensemble

AME Zion Church, 103rd St. and 5th Ave.

April 11, 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Mamadou Diabate Ensemble performs live, including Mamadou Diabate on kora, Balla Kouyate on balafon, Baye Kouyate on talking drum and calabash, and Noah Jarrett on bass.

Mamadou Diabate is a master of the kora, the ancient 21-string West African harp. He was born in Kita, Mali, a city long known as a center for the arts and culture of the Manding people of West Africa. As his last name indicates, he comes from a family of griots, or jelis as they are known among the Manding, who are traditional historians, genealogists, and story-tellers as well as musicians.

Local presentation of the Mamadou Diabate Ensemble is made possible with volunteer labor and hundreds of individual donations from patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media, co-sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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