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.