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Kassé Mady Diabaté

Singer Kassé Mady Diabaté is a descendant of the most distinguished griot family of the ancient Manding Empire, the Diabatés of Kéla. His name, alongside other griot legends Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyaté, signifies musical royalty in Mali. Over a five-decade career, Diabaté has brought his nuanced, stirring voice to a series of splendid recordings, including 2010’s GRAMMY-winning Afrocubism, and the collaborative record Kulanjan with Taj Mahal. Salif Keita calls him “the greatest singer in Mali.”