Friday, May 17 2013 | 00:30
Image: 1580409 Cheick Hamala Diabate gets ‘mixed-up’ by some of the finest purveyors
of groove on the planet-NYCTrust * The Whiskey Barons * Daytoner * Jon
Kennedy-who give their own unique spins to a Cheick Hamala Diabate
original-’Prudence’-with the the addition of DC’s Sol Power All-Stars remix
of another original ‘Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko.’ Destined to become a
world-class burner-’Prudence’ highlights an ancient-to-the-future aspect of
Cheick Hamala’s breadth as a genre-bending experimental artist who has
one foot firmly planted in tradition and roots but also a keen focused eye on
the limitless possibilities of cross-cultural exchange via global collaboration
with artists outside of his legacy as a griot.
Cheick Hamala Diabate is a musician and a historian in the West African
griot tradition from the Republic of Mali. Born into a griot family in Kita, Mali,
he absorbed 800 years of Malian history and from a young age he learned to
play the ngonia stringed instrument related to the American banjo-for which
he is recognized as a world master. Now based in the cultural crossroads
of Washington DC, where he teaches and represents West African culture,
Cheick Hamala continually pushes beyond the boundaries of traditioncollaborating
and experimenting with multigenerational musicians,
producers and incorporating electronic technology into his music. He’s
hobnobbed with American string and Blues legends—from Bela Fleck
to Corey Harris and is not afraid of running his ngoni or American banjo
through a wah-wah peddle with some delay effects. His music embraces
the panoply of sound he discovered in America, taking him into sonic
realms beyond borders.

1. Prudence - E’s E NYCTrust Mix
2. Prudence - Whiskey Barons Mix
3. Prudence - Jon Kennedy Mix
4. Prudence - Daytoner Mix
5. Prudence - Cheick Hamala Diabate
6. Fatou Kounkoun - Sol Power All Stars Available from 26.04.2013
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