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Master of the Talking Balafon


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Mamadou Diabate: he brings the sun of West Africa on our stage! Colorful ,as the atmosphere on a market place somewhere in West Africa, is the music of Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania. Kanuya – the name of the latest CD – means friendship, respect and appreciation.

You can hear and feel all these with the six musicians on stage. Virtuosic balafonmusic, supported by powerful African rhythms and refined by African chants. A complete scene, in which the body can´t sit still anymore…. See for yourself! . They owe their popularity mainly to the spectacular and virtuosic “balafon duel” between the two brothers, Mamadou and Yacouba.

The master of the Balafon Mamadou Diabate lives and works in Vienna. He composes, sings and plays the balafon as well as various percussion instruments. His concert tours took him to many contries and prestigious festivals. After 12 CDs and countless concerts he became an indispensable part of the world music scene. “He brings the sun of West Africa to our concert stage! In this few words you can rewrite the emotion and energy in Mamadous music. “

Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso
Winner of  the Grand Prix  and the prix Alkaly Camar

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Mamadou Diabate Lab Workshop & Artist Residency: Exploring the Balafon's Melodic Language

Mamadou Diabate, a master balafon player and esteemed musician from Burkina Faso, offers a unique opportunity to delve into the captivating world of West African music through his enlightening lab workshops. These workshops are designed to provide participants with an immersive experience into the artistry of the balafon—a traditional African wooden xylophone—and the cultural legacy it embodies.

Key Components of the Workshop:

Balafon Techniques: Participants will be guided through the intricate techniques that define balafon playing. From striking to damping and rolling, these techniques form the foundation of the balafon’s distinct sound.

Rhythmic Patterns: The heart of West African music lies in its rhythmic complexity. Diabate’s workshop will focus on teaching participants the mesmerizing rhythmic patterns that characterize this genre and how they can be skillfully executed on the balafon.

Improvisation and Creativity: A hallmark of any music form, improvisation will take center stage. Participants will be encouraged to explore their creativity and expressiveness within the framework of traditional West African rhythms.

Cultural Significance: Beyond the music itself, participants will gain insight into the cultural context of the balafon within West African societies. The instrument’s historical importance, cultural significance, and role in storytelling and ceremonies will be explored.

Balafon as a Language: Discover the fascinating concept of the balafon as a language. Mamadou Diabate will elucidate how the instrument’s tones and rhythms communicate messages and convey emotions, transcending linguistic barriers.

Cross-Cultural Fusion: Building on his experiences of collaborating with artists from diverse genres, Diabate will delve into the art of fusing traditional West African music with other musical styles. Participants will witness the harmonious meeting of cultures.

Collaborative Ensemble: Participants will have the opportunity to join in collaborative ensemble playing, experiencing the joy and dynamics of creating music as a unified group.

Personal Insights and Stories: Mamadou Diabate will share personal anecdotes from his musical journey, offering participants a glimpse into the life of a professional musician and the influences that have shaped his artistry.

Q&A and Interaction: A question-and-answer session will facilitate direct interaction with Mamadou Diabate, allowing participants to delve deeper into their inquiries and gain valuable insights.

Performance Showcase: The workshop may culminate in a captivating performance by Mamadou Diabate, where participants can witness the true magic of the balafon’s melodic language.

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