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Mamadou Diabate Plays his Kora

November 9, 4pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Mamadou Diabate, nominated for a Grammy award in 2006 and named "World Musician of the Year" in 2007 by the American Folk Alliance. Mamadou Diabate was born in 1975 in Kita, Malia.  His surname, Diabate, indicates that Mamadou comes from a family of griots, or jelis, as they are known among the Manding people. Jelis are more than just traditional musicians; they use music and sometimes oratory to preserve and sustain people's consciousness of the past.  Mamadou Diabate, joined by his son, will share the music and traditions of the Manding jelis in this kora demonstration.
This event, free and open to the public, is part of the Rare Music in the Rare Book Room series, which is co-sponsored by the Duke University Libraries and the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections.

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Posted 6 November 2007

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