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Concert - Famoro Dioubate's KAKANDE with David Racanelli
Start Date: 11/20/2019Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 11/20/2019

Event Description:
Named for the Dioubate family’s village (Kankan) in Guinea, West Africa, Famoro Dioubate’s KAKANDE performs classics of the balafon (wooden xylophone) repertoire that have been transmitted orally from one generation to the next for nearly 800 years. In New York, the group has entertained audiences in a variety of contexts, including world music venues, street fairs, and concert halls, for the past two decades.
Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 306 (Recital Hall)
Contact Information:
Name: Music Program
Phone: 718-960-8247
Attachments For This Event:
    > Kakande
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Other Details:
As an hereditary professional musician or griot, Famoro Dioubaté is a member of one of the most widely revered family of balafon players in Mande West Africa. The significance of griots in West Africa cannot be overstated; they have acted repositories of Mande history, oral tradition, and music for centuries. In the words of the famed singer Salif Keita, griots are like “libraries” of knowledge concerning West African culture, originating with the first great West African emperor Sunjata Keita and the formation of the Mali Empire in 1235.
While the group KAKANDE has represented in the words of one band member a “new direction in African music,” its repertoire has been steeped in the Guinean griot balafon tradition. For centuries, the balafon has acted as creative wellspring of Mande griot music. The oldest and most beloved Mande griot songs originated on the balafon, and subsequently they were adapted for other instruments, including the kora (21-string bridge harp) and guitar. For this Lehman College music forum, the group will perform as a trio, which will include balafon, guitar, and djembe (goblet drum). Please join the Music Department for this special event.
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