Dioubate was born in 1965 in Conakry, Guinea to a griot family. He
is the grandson of El Hadj Djelli Sory Kouyate,
a living legend of the Mandeng balafon. During his teens he spent
a five years in Abidjan and worked with Cheik Smith-Sherif and Sekou
Camara Cobra. Back in Conakry he co-founded "Les Heritiers"
with Sekouba Kandia Kouyate and recorded the albums "Kandia Dinke"
and "Nyoumekela" with this group. Concurrently, he was the
understudy of his grandfather in the Ensemble Instrumental National
and routinely performed for the President and visiting foreign dignitaries.
He was a member of Mory
Kante's orchestra for the performances and recording of the "Traditional
Symphonie." In the early nineties, he was a member of the "Groupe
Standard" which accompanied most of the visiting great stars
of African music in Guinea. In the United States since the late nineties,
he has worked as a free-lance musician for a variety of groups and
dance companies in performances and recordings.
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