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The members of Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Lassana Diabaté and Mamadou Kouyaté) are outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali, each coming from a long line of distinguished griots. Combining voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the widely-acclaimed trio enlivens and elaborates upon an innately soulful ancient repertoire. Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté is the niece of singer/bandleader Kassé Mady Diabaté, who performed at SMF in 2016, and her powerful voice is often compared to that of Mahalia Jackson. Songlines Magazine writes: “These three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.”

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