Cheick Hamala Diabate with Baye Kouyate

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Photograph: Courtesy Cheick Hamala Diabate
Cheick Hamala Diabate

Cheick Hamala Diabate, Malian griot musician and cousin of the great Toumani Diabate, is a master of the ngoni (predecessor to the American banjo). He's also a lecturer, dancer and choreographer, and we're pretty excited to see him play this benefit for the people of Mali. He's joined by percussionist Baye Kouyate, a descendant of Mali's original griot, who specializes in the tama, or talking drum—you're sure to get an intense, beautiful sense of the West African tradition.

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