The Stimulating Malian Grooves of Djoss Diabaté

Djoss Diabaté

Haklima (Goin’ Native, 2005)

New York-based Malian singer Djoss Diabaté has recorded one of the most
inspiring recordings of contemporary Malian music in recent years. Djoss Diabaté
is the artistic name of Abdulaye Diabaté. Since there is already another well
known singer based in Europe called Abdoulaye Diabaté, the US-based jali (also
known as griot) singer with the powerful voice goes under the artistic name of
Djoss Diabaté.A lot of the credit for the music goes to Djoss Diabaté’s vocal performance and
Ivorian keyboardist and producer Azouhouni Adou. His solos, keyboard-bass and
arrangements are clearly spectacular. Adou is heavily influenced by one of the
great masters of contemporary keyboards:
Joe
Zawinul
.

The rest of Djoss Diabaté’s band includes guitarist Moussa Cissoko and bala
player Bala Kouyaté. Several African, American and European musicians involved
in New York’s African music scene participate in the albums as guests.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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