Diabaté was born in Kela, Mali, to the Diabaté family.
Raised in the heart of the Mande tradition from a long line of dialys,
Abdoulaye has also spent some twenty years performing contemporary
and popular music. His musical career led him to a fusion of these
styles. In 1973 he joined the Tenetemba Jazz in Bamako, Mali. Then,
he was noted as the lead singer of the Koule Star Band of Kouchala.
In 1975 he moved to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he formed his own
twelve piece band, Super Mande. In this band some of the greatest
luminaries of West African music circulated as bandmembers: Salif
Keita, Mory Kante, Kante Manfila, Ousmane Kouyate and many more...
In 1978, Super Mande released its first recording: Wahabia-Ke Daschi.
The album was banned from airplay because the title song criticized
some marabouts religious leaders. In 1992, Abdoulaye joined
the world reknowned Ballets Koteba as a singer and guitarist.
He also toured the world with Les Go de Koteba in the mid-nineties.
He was noted in 2002 as the star of the Smithsonian Folkways compilation:
Badenya, Manden Jaliya in New York City. Abdoulaye was featured
on the cover of the album wearing his irresistible smile. Since then,
he has made further inroads in the World consciousness with collaborations
with jazzmen Don Byron, Peter Apfelbaum and guitarist-journalist Banning
Eyre. He also released his own album: Haklima.
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