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Mamadou Diabate - Heritage FLAC album

Album · 2006 · 12 Songs. Heritage Mamadou Diabate.

When one thinks of contemporary African pop, the kora isn't the first instrument that comes to mind

Mamadou Diabaté (born 1975) is a Malian musician known for his work with the kora. He began playing quite early in his life, became known as a musician in the area of Mali in which he lived, and has since moved to the United States, recording several albums.

This album has an average beat per minute of 131 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 83/182 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. BPM Profile Heritage. Album starts at 158BPM, ends at 110BPM (-48), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Mamadou Diabaté.

The Malian musician Mamadou Diabate has forged a reputation as a widely respected ambassador for the kora in the United States, the country where he has now made his home. On his third album, Heritage - a totally instrumental affair - Mamadou offers his take on traditional Mande music influenced by jazz. It may seem something of a paradox that Mamadou, descended from an illustrious family of Malian griots (a caste whose primary role is to transmit their cultural history through song) prefers to let the instruments do the talking on his new album.

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This is not Mamadou Diabate, the Balafon-player from Burkina Faso.

Cover from Mamadou Diabate's album, "Heritage". Background information. His 2000 debut album Tunga mixed West African music with blues and jazz influences.

Mamadou Diabaté is a kora player. debut album

Heritage is an obvious title for Mamadou Diabate to choose. He comes from a family of masterful musicians: his father, Djelimory N'fa Diabate, played kora (the traditional 21-string harp that Mamadou also plays) in the renowned Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, and his cousin Toumani is one of contemporary Africa's most internationally acclaimed performers. Through collaborations, Diabate has helped African-American musicians channel the forms of their ancestors. That said, this album stands out as one very atypical for the world music marketplace. It features no drones or tribal rhythms to attract experimental music fans and primitivists. The musicians also make no concessions to the pop music world - which is fitting, as jeli is a courtly form rather than a folk form. And with Diabate's significant revisions, this work is nearly as much a reflection of American music-making as African.


1 Sara 5:06
2 Joukouya 5:22
3 Foulaya 6:13
4 African Orphans 5:24
5 Salimou 4:53
6 Fali 3:52
7 Djiribah 5:24
8 Behni Djayemoko 4:22
9 Gansana 4:20
10 Sandra 4:20
11 Segou Blues 4:19
12 Yaribassa 3:55

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Mamadou Diabate - Heritage FLAC album
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1229 mb
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