Mali's Mamodou Diabate plays the Kora, a traditional instrument passed down from his ancestral family (3 minute youtube video)

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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.

Recent news …


On his fifth album, Courage, Mamadou Diabate carves out a new direction. A departure from the traditional melodies

on his previous album, these contemporary pieces highlight his versatility as a composer and affirm his place as one of the finest

kora players living in the world today. He is accompanied here by a five piece band recorded in Bamako, Mali.

His previous solo effort, Douga Mansa, took home a 2009 GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music.