Award-winning balafon (xylophone) master Mamadou Diabate comes from a family of griots (oral historians/praise singers) of the Sambla people in Burkina Faso. Helping to keep alive the balafon’s 800-year-old history, he is a popular performer at festivals in Africa, Europe, Malaysia and India. Often when he performs balafon solos, he creates the impression that three balafonists are playing together. The shows with his ensemble, Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania, are a true explosion of energy on stage and musically on the highest level of traditional African sound fused with jazz and modern elements.
“magical…on fire” — Afropop Worldwide
Please note: this performance will be in person only and will not be live streamed.
This performance is a co-production between Robert Browning Associates and Roulette.