Arts Blog

Music from Mali - KASSE MADY DIABATE

September 21, 2015

For almost half a Century Kassé Mady Diabaté has been recognized as one of West Africa’s finest singers. He is a descendant of the most distinguished griot family of the ancient Manding Empire, the Diabatés of Kéla. His name, alongside other griot legends Toumani Diabaté and Bassékou Kouyaté, is equivalent to musical royalty in Mali. Kassé Mady has played a part in the most innovative moments in Malian music over the past five decades, first in his own country and later with landmark international collaborations.

On this US tour, Kassé Mady leads a traditional acoustic ensemble of Kora (21-string harp-lute), balafon (Mande xylophone) and ngoni (4-string guitar, ancestor of the banjo).

At Carleton, he will give a workshop in LDC 104 during common time (noon – 1pm) on Thursday, Sept. 24 and present a concert at 8pm in the Concert Hall.