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Fode Lassana Diabate

Lucy Duran presents reviews of recent world music releases as well as a session performed by Mali's most gifted balafon player and Afrocubism band member Fode Lassana Diabate.

Lucy Duran presents a session with Mali's most gifted balafon player and Afrocubism band member Fode Lassana Diabaté.

Born in Guinea into a family of virtuoso balafon players, Lassana Diabaté moved as a young man to Bamako in the early 1990s. He plays the 22-key xylophone of the Mandé griots, and has appeared on albums by Salif Keita, Bassekou Kouyate, and Kasse Mady Diabaté, among others, and has been a long-standing member of Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra.

Lucy is also joined by writers Sue Steward and John L Walters to discuss new World Music releases and look at what's on offer at this summer's festivals.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Studio Session

    • Lassana Diabaté

      Lassidan (3:27)

      Performers: Lassana Diabaté (balafon)

      • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Owiny Sigoma Band

    Gone Thum Mana Gi Nyadhi (2:33)

    • Owiny Sigoma band.
    • 2010 CD Brownswood Recordings BWOOD62CDP Track 1.
  • Bebo Valdes, Idania Valdes

    Sabor a mi (1:14)

    Composer: Alvaro Carrillo

    • Chico & Rita OST.
    • 2011 CD Calle 54 Records / Sony Music 88697894422.
  • Bebo Valdes Big Band

    Cacho Creador del Mambo (00:44)

    Composer: Bebo Valdes

    • Chico & Rita OST.
    • 2011 CD Calle 54 Records / Sony Music 88697894422.
  • Sorry Bamba

    Yayoroba (3:06)

    • Volume One 1970 - 1979.
    • 2011 CD Thrill Jockey Records Thrill272 Track 1.
  • JuJu

    Nightwalk (3:49)

    • In Trance.
    • 2011 CD Real World Records CDRWDJ185 Track 1.
  • Studio Session

    • Lassana Diabaté

      Paya Paya (4:31)

      Performers: Lassana Diabaté (balafon)

      • BBC Studio Recording.
    • Lassana Diabaté

      Samuel (4:48)

      Performers: Lassana Diabaté (balafon)

      • BBC Studio Recording.
    • Lassana Diabaté

      So So Folie (3:57)

      Performers: Lassana Diabaté (balafon)

      • BBC Studio Recording.

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