Cover from Mamadou Diabate's album 'Heritage'
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Mamadou Diabaté (born 1975) is one of the world's greatest kora players. He began playing quite early in his life, became known as a musician in the area of Mali in which he lived, and has since moved to the United States, recording several albums.
Life and career 
Diabaté was born in Kita, Mali, a town relatively near to Mali's capital of Bamako, known for its artistic and cultural prominence within the Manding community of West Africa. He was born into a family of griots, with his father, Djelimory n'fa Diabaté, also a kora musician and a member of the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali. He moved to Bamako at four years old with his father, but returned to his birthplace to attend school. He began playing the kora, a 21-string harp, at a very young age, and became so enthralled with the instrument that his mother eventually forbade him to play it in order to do academic work, though he quickly began attempts to make one himself. After he had left school to further pursue the instrument, Diabaté began to perform at various public events in his country. He had won several music competitions by the time he was 15, and was becoming somewhat of a regional celebrity by that time as well, having performed for several important personages.
Since his move to the U.S., Diabaté has performed with several musicians from the country, including jazz players Victor Wooten Randy Weston Blue legend Taj Mahal and [Donald Byrd], as well as with a griot ensemble composed of musicians from Mali and the United States. In 2005, Diabaté was nominated for a Grammy Award but lost to the collaboration between his cousin Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure . Four years later, the Irish American Liz Carroll and John Doyle lost to Mamadou Diabate for his solo album Douga Mansa, which won the 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Music.
- Tunga (2000)
- Behmanka (2004), nominated for 2005 Grammy award
- Heritage (2006), winner of 2007 Folk Alliance award
- Douga Mansa (2008), winner of 2009 Grammy award
- Courage (2011)
Mtv Music Awards (2014)
See also 
- Fink, Matt. "Mamadou Diabate". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Mamadou Diabaté - Kora". Mali Music. 2004-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- Eyre, Banning (2000). "Mamadou Diabaté, from Bamako to Brooklyn". Cora Connection. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- Hicks, Sally (2007-03-01). "Music with a Message". Duke University Office of News & Communications (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University). Retrieved 2008-03-05.