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Mamadou Diabate

Mamadou Diabate comes from a distinguished family of Jelis in his home country of Mali. A Jeli is a respected musician who holds responsibilities within the community for oral history and storytelling, largely through music and song. This position is passed down through the generations and Mamadou was taught the kora (see image) by his father who played with the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali.

Mamadou Diabate

Mamadou's passion and talent for the instrument led to regional competitions and soon he was touring the world. He collaborates with both jazz and contemporary artists to fuse these styles with his griot heritage to bring the kora to new audiences.

For more information about Mamadou, visit his website at www.mamadoukora.com.