Mamadou Diabate

Percussion Mania

Mamadou Diabate: traditional african Balafon and Percussion | Burkina Faso

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Mamadou Diabate is the award winning balafon master and composer born in Burkina Faso. He is coming from a traditional “Jeli” family of music making and story telling of the Sambla peoples. He was 5 years old when his professional education began. His virtuosity is outstanding - some people say, he would have more than two hands. Explicit techniques allow Mamadou to play balafon solos, which create the impression, that three bala-fonists play together. Since 2001 he has released 11 CD ́s. The CD “Keneya” is the world premiere recording of the traditional balafon music of the Sambla people. This music is in reality the Sambla language translated into music. Musicians, who don’t speak this language can’t play it at all. Today his unique line up with two balafon upfront as lead instruments characterizes Mamadou Diababte & Percussion Mania. That makes the project the ONLY formation of this kind worldwide, different to all other West African bands. Musical dialogs and spectacular balafon duels between the brothers Mamadou and Seydou Diabate are one of the highlights of the show. Today Mamadou lives in Vienna. In 2006 he opened a school in Burkina Faso where currently free education for 550 children is provided.