Mamadou Diabate

For seven centuries, members of the Mandinka West African jeli caste of musicians have been preserving its culture through music. Jeli member Mamadou Diabate’s second album, Behmanka, which features both traditional and original music played by Mamadou, is a 2005 grammy nominee for best traditional world album. The album features Mamadou Diabate playing his kora, a 21-stringed gourd instrument. Host Frank Stasio talks with Durham resident musician Mamadou Diabate. (40:00)

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