Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.
It's no insult to describe Ballake Sissoko as the second best (and second best-known) kora player in both Mali and the world, for he is a master musician who is eclipsed only by his close friend and neighbour Toumani Diabate, with whom he recorded that celebrated series of duets, New Ancient Strings. Like Diabate, he's a griot whose music is steeped in ancient west African traditions, and he's also a brave innovator, as shown by this exquisite set recorded with the French cellist Vincent Segal, who plays in the dub/trip hop outfit Bumcello.
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.
"Ladilikan" Festival de la Centro Historico in Mexico City as part of Noche de los Griots.
'La noche de los Griots', "Kanimba" Kasse Mady Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko y Trio Da Kali
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