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Abdoulaye Diabaté
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Abdoulaye Diabaté started making music at a very young age by singing and playing drums at celebrations. Later he was member of theatre groups, which made music as well. By 1976, he joined the Orchestre Régionale de Ségou. He became known to the Malian public as the lead singer of Koulé Star from Koutiala and Kéné Star from Sikasso. The latter band won the 1986 and 1988 Biennales. Since 1988, he records albums in his own name, although still accompanied by members of Kéné Star.
Abdoulaye Diabaté is now a well respected artist in Mali, but he is also increasingly successful internationally.

On his latest album, Samory, he is accompanied by a full band of electric and acoustic instruments, including balafon and various percussion instruments.

Born: Cinzana (near Ségou), 1952
Style: Bambara music.
Album cover 'Bende'


Title Year Label Remarks
Samory 2002 Cobalt 09354-2 With Koutiala Orchestra Album cover 'Samory'
Makan 2000 Syllart SYLLAF 96173 Compilation of new songs and songs from cassette Koule Star
Bende 1998 Cobalt 09287-2
Djiriyo 1995 Stern's STCD 1066 Tracks from Tabale & Namawou
Tabale 1993 EMI Mali 83178 Cassette
Namawou 1992? Syllart SYL 83135 Cassette
Kassikoun 1989 Syllart 38765-2 (SYL 8387) With Kéné Star
With Koule Star:
Koule Star: Massadjourou 1988 Cassette

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