Jazzy Bala

Kakande - Dununya
Kakande – Dununya

Dununya (Jumbie Records, 2008)

Guinean musician Famoro Dioubate is one of the leading bala (also known as balafon) players in North America. Based in New York, the jeli (griot) musician has performed with numerous West African expatriate musicians such as Mamadou Diabate, Abdoulaye Diabate and others. Now he he leads a band called Kakande that  features the West African xylophone as the lead instrument.

Kakande features African and American musicians, who combine the Mande sounds of West Africa with American jazz. The band’s title comes from Dioubate’s home village.

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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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