Mamadou Diabate is an award-winning balafon master and composer born in Burkino Faso. He comes from a traditional “Jeli” family of musicians and storytellers of the Sambla people and began his professional training at the age of five with his father Penegue Diabate, who was considered the best balafon player beyond the borders of Sambla culture. Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania has a unique lineup with two balafons as lead instruments, delivering spectacular balafon duels between Mamadou and his cousin Yacouba Konate.

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