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Abdoulaye Djoss Diabate: vocal, guitar

Abdoulaye "Djoss" Diabaté
singer, guitarist

Abdoulaye Diabaté was born in Kela, Mali, to the Diabaté family. A clan reknowed as battlefield djialys (griot); they would accompany the warriors in battle to recount what took place. They are reputed as powerful vocalists.

Raised in the heart of the Mande tradition, Abdoulaye has also spent two decades performing contemporary and traditional music. His career led him to a fusion of these styles. In 1973 he joined the Tenetemba Jazz in Bamako, Mali. Later still, 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 group: Super Mande in which 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 "marabout" religious leaders.

In 1992, he joined the World famous Ballets Koteba as a singer and guitarist and toured the world playing guitar with Les Go de Koteba and singing with the Ballets; particularly in Waramba, known as the African Opera.

In New York since 1996, he was noted in 2002 as one of the stars of the Smithsonian Folkways compilation: Badenya, Manden Jaliya in New York City, he was featured on the cover of the album wearing his irresistible smile.

Since then, he has made further inroads into the World consciousness with collaborations with jazzmen Don Byron and Peter Apfelbaum and with guitarist-journalist Banning Eyre.

In 2005, under the name Djoss Diabate, he released his first American album: Haklima.

 

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