Talking Music: Kassé Mady Diabaté
A Conversation with Kassé Mady Diabaté
Duke Professor Laurent Dubois, a historian of the Black Atlantic and author of the recently released book The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, and Amadou Fofana, Visiting Fellow at Duke University and specialist on West African cinema and culture, join Kassé Mady Diabaté in conversation about the roots of Diabaté’s music in the griot tradition.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. A part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. This installment in the series is also co-sponsored by the Duke Africa Initiative.
Singer Kassé Mady Diabaté is a descendant of the most distinguished griot family of the ancient Manding Empire, the Diabatés of Kéla. His name, alongside other griot legends Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyaté, signifies musical royalty in Mali. Over a five-decade career, Diabaté has brought his nuanced, stirring voice to a series of splendid…...Read More
Williamette University & Duke University
Dr. Amadou T. Fofana is Associate Professor of French at Willamette University and a Humanities Writ-Large 2015-2016 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University. He received a Licence es Lettres and a Maîtrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He also received an MA in French Literature and…...Read More
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...Read More