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Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté
NAME: Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté
CULTURE: Bamana / Malinke / West African
GENRE: Mande music / Jaliya / Griot
REGION: New York City
BIO:: Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté was born to a famous West African griot family. Little brother to the great, world renowned singer Kasse Mady, he grew up in Kela, Mali. His mother Sira Mory was a singer who defined her generation. In 1973, he joined the Tenetemba Jazz in Bamako, Mali. Later still, he was lead singer of the Koule Star Band of Kouchala. In 1975, he moved to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where he lived for over 20 years. There, he founded Super Mande, a group that became one of the most popular bands in the area. In 1978, Super Mande released its first recording: Wahabia-Ke Daschi. The album was banned from airplay because the title track criticized some “marabout” (religious leaders).
In 1992, Abdoulaye was recruited by Souleymane Koli, the choreographer and director of the world famous Ballet Koteba, and of the girl band Les Gos de Koteba, to tour with the Ballets as a singer, and with the Gos as a guitarist. In 1996, he decided to try his luck in New York City, and he quickly became a leader of the Mande griot community in the United States. He was featured on the Smithsonian-Folkways release Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City, with his smiling face gracing the CD cover. This led to collaborations with artists such as Don Byron, Peter Apfelbaum, Mamadou Diabate, Banning Eyre, Fula Flute, Source, Dallam Dougou, Sean Noonan, Andy Algire, David Racanelli, and many others.
Abdoulaye has recreated Super Mande in the United States, bringing traditional music to schools, universities and communities. In his first traditional music release, SARA, Abdoulaye explores the heart of his tradition and his passion for its roots accompanied by the finest Manden musicians in New York.
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♦ Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City, Smithsonian-Folkways, 2002
♦ Djiriyo, Stern’s, 2006
♦ Haklima, Goin' Native Records, 2005 (recorded as Djoss Diabate)
♦ Tonight’s African Jazz Band by SOURCE with Abdoulaye Diabate, Completelly Nuts Records 2006
♦ Samory, 2006
♦ SARA, Completelly Nuts/Mulatta Records, 2009
LISTEN TO A SAMPLE: www.cdbaby.com/cd/abdoulaye
To book performances,workshop, and for all other inquiries: 347/445-4688
Abdoulaye can also be booked through the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Kaisha Johnson is the manager for touring artists.
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