Kora Pioneer Madina N’Diaye Releases Debut Album

Madina N’Diaye ‘s first album will be available in January 2006
in the UK and US, on the Sound of World label (distributed by Harmonia Mundi).

Led by her love for Manding tunes, Madina N’Diaye, holds and claims an original
status in the West-Africa musical landscape. She is currently the only Malian
woman on stage, accompanied by a kora, one of the most emblematic instruments in
the Malian musical heritage.Armed with her kora, her compositions and her commitments for women’s causes,
Madina opens the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women who have access to
musical instruments usually played by men or by the “jeli” (griot) caste.

Despite some traditionalists’ wrath, she made herself known as a talented
author, composer and performer. Trained by well known masters like

Toumani Diabate
and Djélimadi Cissoko, she carries on her initiation by

In 2003, Madina lost her eyesight because of a serious infection. Despite her
handicap, she did not stop the rehearsals and has completed an album.