Recordings as a leader:

Courage (World Village 2011)

On his fifth album, Courage, Mamadou Diabate carves out a new direction. A departure from the traditional melodies on his previous album, these contemporary pieces highlight his versatility as a composer and affirm his place as one of the finest kora players living in the world today. Abou Sissok Courage features Mamadou accompanied by an ensemble of follow Malian musicians, Abou Sissoko (ngoni), Lansana Fode Diabaté (balaphon), Adama Diarra (calabash/djembe) and his American bass player Noah Jarrett. Recorded in 2009 at Studio Bogolan in Bamako, Mali.
Mamdou Diabate Lansana Fode Diabaté


Douga Mansa (World Village 2008)

Mamadou third World Village album, Douga Mansa features artful and eloquent kora performance at its best. In 2009 'Douga Mansa' won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album.


Strings Tradition (Felmay 2008)

This album is a collaboration between Malian and Indian musicians. In Strings Tradition Mamadou Diabate performs with Sitar player Ustad Shujaat Khan and violinist Lalgudi GJR Krishnan. Nyanafi means "I miss you" in Manding, and Sigui Dyarra is when you have a wonderful time in a new place.


Heritage (World Village 2006)

Heritage showcases Mamadou's fiery kora playing with his Manding music ensemble.


Behmanka (World Village, 2005)

Mamadou Diabate's solo kora recording 'Behmanka' was nominated in the 2005 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards 2005 World Music category.

Enjoy the artistry of Mamadou Diabate's exquisite solo style

Behmanka World Village 2005

Tunga (Alula, 2000)

Tunga, Alula Records 2000 Tunga means "adventure." This stunning debut album from world traveler and master kora player Mamadou Diabate infuses traditional Malian music with an array of innovative elements such as American blues, Bambara music, and the fast, Mandinka style of kora playing. "Tunga" is a true adventure for the heart and ears from one of Mali's rising stars.

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