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Kassé Mady Diabaté

When: Fri., April 1, 8 p.m. 2016


In America, musicians and musicologists search for and analyze songs that date to our New World origins, sometimes even tracing them back piecemeal to their transoceanic starts. Born in a small Malian village in 1949, Kassé Mady Diabaté taps a much more ancient lineage—the griot tradition, which dates back the better part of a millennium. Diabaté never turned his back on those roots, but many of his records during the last decade did bear a certain pop veneer, as if to position himself for the crossover status of many of his peers. But last year's muted, acoustic Kiriké, in which his tree trunk of a voice stands proudly in the spotlight, might be the most profoundly beautiful work of his career. When he sings in his sweet, rich baritone, the whole ensemble around him seems to quiver, the instruments in thrall to the tradition and tales that pull them along. Ahead of his performance Friday night, Diabaté speaks with Duke professor Laurent Dubois at Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics at noon. —Grayson Haver Currin

DUKE'S BALDWIN AUDITORIUM, DURHAM 8 p.m., $10–$34, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

Price: $10-$34

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