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Category: balafon

Saturday, August 24th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

No drummer gives me more joy.

Aly Keita (1969-, balafon), Hamid Drake (1955-, MCOTD Hall of Fame, drums), live, Italy (Santa’Anna Arresi, Sardinia), 2017









Wednesday, May 23rd

day two

Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, vocals; Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni, vocals; Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

“Eh Ya Ye”













reading table

the morning light is in us

—Peter Gizzi, from “Lullaby”

Wednesday, February 4th

sounds of Mali (day two)

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, “Diaraby,” live, University of Maryland, 2014

Tuesday, February 3rd

sounds of Mali (day one)

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s in C Mali,” 2013-15


I am overwhelmed and delighted by this CD. I was not quite prepared for such an incredible journey, hearing the soul of Africa in joyous flight over those 53 patterns of ‘In C’. This ensemble feeds the piece with ancient threads of musical wisdom and humanity indicating to me that this work is a vessel ready to receive and be shaped by the spontaneous feelings and colours of the magician/musician. I could not ask for a greater gift for this daughter’s 50th birthday.

Terry Riley (1935-)

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