Madou Sidiki Diabaté - Live in India

Madou Sidiki Diabaté (AMAR 004) CD | mp3

Solo kora recordings from the 2011 Amarrass Desert Music Festival
(released August 2012 in India, April 2013 US/Benelux)

Madou captures that traditional sound and infuses his own jazz sensibilities in his first live solo kora album. Recorded at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival held November 26 and 27, 2011 in New Delhi, India, this is the music of his forefathers of the Griot community—West Africa’s historians and storytellers, his roots embedded in every chord.

 
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Madou Sidiki Diabaté - Live in India at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival features 5 tracks Kaira, Famadenke, Bajuru ba, Sara Kantigui and Kana Kassi.

"Madou Sidiki Diabate.. sounds not of this world at all. His rippling, harp-like arpeggios and dizzyingly complex interlocking melodies seem to descend on warm wings from a yearning heaven of billowing, fragrant heat." - Daniel Spicer in The Wire (Jan 2015/Issue 371)

"This exquisite performance showcases the range of emotion and polyphonic depth possible with the Kora. A wonderful performance!" - CKCU FM 93.1 Ottawa Canada

"Seriously good, nicely improvisatory player" - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"An exceptional kora player" - HTBrunch

Madou started playing the kora at age three. By the time he was six years old, he was playing his first concert as a representative of the 71st generation of korists in his family. He learned his art under his father, Sidiki Diabaté, a man generally referred to as the “King of the Kora”. His elder brother, Toumani Diabaté is also a famed korist and Grammy Award winner. If Madou Sidiki Diabaté’s lineage is formidable, then so is his talent. In his element, as he was during the Amarrass Desert Music Festival at New Delhi, he evinces astonishment, amazement and gasps of wonder from the audience. In this 30-year-old’s hands, the kora is full of deception: it looks like a simple, even rustic instrument capable of basic sounds. But close your eyes and you hear many musicians in harmony.

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The kora is an instrument that refuses to be easily classified. It is made from the common calabash (bottle gourd) cut in half with cow-skin stretched taut over it, and a tall notched bridge with 21 strings. It is at once a harp, a lute, a blues guitar—even a percussion instrument. Traditionally, the kora’s role was that of an accompanying instrument to vocals for groups of itinerant musicians. In the hands of maestros such as Madou, the kora is a lead instrument and much more.

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Madou Sidiki Diabaté - Live in India at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival

Madou captures that traditional sound and infuses his own jazz sensibilities in his first live solo kora album. Recorded at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival held November 26 and 27, 2011 in New Delhi, India, this is the music of his forefathers of the Griot community—West Africa’s historians and storytellers, his roots embedded in every chord.

He has performed on stages across the globe and collaborated with musicians such as Damon Albarn, Vieux Farka Tourè, Lakha Khan, Painted Caves and more. His album 'Mali Latino' with Alex Wilson and Ahmed Fofana was a 2010 'Top of the World' Album in Songlines. In 2012, Amarrass Records released his solo kora album 'Madou Sidiki Diabate - Live in India' to critical acclaim. Since 2011, Madou has made five tours of India with appearances in Delhi at the Amarrass Festival, Depot29, Amarrass Nights@Lodi, TC's, in Bangalore at 'An Ode to the Blues' Festival at Counterculture, and in 2015 at the India-Africa Forum Summit at the President's Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) where he played to 30 Heads of State from Africa and the Indian President and Prime Minister.

VideoMadou with Lakha Khan at the 2014 Amarrass Music Festival in New Delhi, India

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VideoMadou accompanies Painted Caves on 'Blood in the Water'

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Video: Madou at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in New Delhi, India - pt 2

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Video: Madou at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in New Delhi, India - pt 1

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Video: Madou at Amarrass Nights at Lodi, Feb 2013

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