People of Rhythm Presents
Trio Da Kali (Maili) Boston Debut Concert!
With Special Guests Balla Kouyate and Nathaniel Braddock
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from long lines of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians): vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of the legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; master balafonist Lassana Diabaté; and bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. Though originally formed to participate on a collaborative project with The Kronos Quartet, the Trio’s collective talent and experience allows them to shine brilliantly on their own. Hawa’s rich, expressive voice and her natural vibrato have brought comparisons to the great Mahalia Jackson. Lassana’s ability on the balafon is considered one of Mali’s most astonishing, and he has recorded and toured with many of West Africa’s foremost artists including Toumani Diabate’s Grammy Award-nominated Afrocubism album and Symmetric Orchestra project. Mamadou, still in his mid-twenties, brings a contemporary feel to the traditions he has learnt from his father, world-renowned Grammy-nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté. Together, the artists of Trio Da Kali aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. http://www.triodakali.com/
Noted and celebrated local Boston based musicians Balla Kouyate and Nathaniel Braddock will open the show with a duet of balafon and acoustic guitar.
To say that Balla Kouyaté was born into a musical family is an understatement. His family lineage goes back over 800 years to Balla Faséké, the first of an unbroken line of Djelis, or griots, in the Kouyaté clan. This family is regarded as the original praise-singers of the Malinké people, one of the ethnic groups found across much of West Africa. Balla Kouyaté is a virtuoso player of the balafon, the ancient West African ancestor of the xylophone. Played with mallets, the balaphon is made up of wood slats of varying lengths. Underneath, two rows of calabash gourds serve as natural amplifiers. Balla learned to play the balafon from his father in Mali.
Nathaniel Braddock: Nathaniel performs solo fingerstyle guitar concerts drawing on his repertoire of African roots and American Primitive music. He leads several African style bands including the acclaimed soukous and highlife group the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a collaboration between American, Ghanaian, Zambian, and Congolese musicians including the great Samba Mapangala and members of Ghana’s acclaimed Western Diamonds. Nathaniel also leads the classic Kinshasa style band Air Congo, the experimental African jazz group Trio Mokili with Junius Paul and Makaya McCraven, and the instrumental surf and Sun Ra project Plutonians!
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