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The Power And Spirit Of Mali’s Ancient Musical Heritage

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Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots or hereditary musicians.

The Trio bring their own contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoire. Balafon player Lassana Diabaté is a musician of great subtlety and invention who has honed a virtuosic two-balafon technique to perfection. Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent Bassekou Kouyaté and singer Hawa ‘Kassé Mady’ Diabate is the daughter of Mali’s greatest traditional singer, Kassé Mady Diabate, with power, range and phrasing prompting comparisons with the late queen of American gospel Mahalia Jackson.

They have just completed a stunning project with Kronos Quartet resulting in the record ‘Ladilikan’  which has just been released on 15 September to great acclaim. Some reviews are below:

“…a triumph…this encounter with three outstanding Malian musicians dazzles…Nick Gold’s production has a winning vibrancy”

The Observer (Guardian)

“Ladilikan.. Is unlike anything you may have heard before…This delightful album makes a repertoire of music which is centuries old sound vital and new.” 
The Economist 

“Trio Da Kali are a Malian power trio” … “Dialogue between Western chamber music and its West African counterpart enhances the Manding melodies”

The Financial Times



“solid gold wonderment”  FROOTS

“Ladilikan is a match made in heaven.  A visionary project.”  FROOTS

“A collaborative triumph.”  IRISH TIMES


Trio Da Kali
Thursday 25 October
7pm (doors) 7.30pm (concert)
St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Oxford, OX2 6BG
Tickets: (A) £20 full, £16 conc
(B) £15 full, £11 conc

Tickets: www.ocmevents.org/whats-on/trio-da-kali



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