ON STAGE · MUSIC
Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania
MUSIC DEPARTMENT RESIDENCY
Rippling, riveting West African traditional music from a region where music and life are interwoven.
Talking balafons: music, language, and identity among the Sambla
Wed, November 7 at 6 pm, Top of the Hop
Linguistics Professor Laura McPherson tells about efforts to save from extinction a language that, uniquely, can be “spoken” by instruments.
“A true master … a superb reminder of the thrilling power of West African music.” —London Evening Standard
Mamadou Diabate isn’t just an award-winning virtuoso on the rippling, xylophone-like balafon, he is also an ambassador for the incredible West African musical culture of Burkina Faso’s Sambla people. There, each village, family and profession has its own piece of music which functions like a coat of arms, music is composed for every important occasion, and communal work is accompanied by music. In Percussion Mania, Diabate and his band members create a riveting, danceable weave of balafon, drums, flute, kora, ngoni and electric bass.