|2004.Dec.10 at Melkweg Amsterdam (photo by Frans Schellekens, source: gettyimages)|
About Salimata Diabatésource: google translation of entry at muziekencyclopedie.nl
Salimata Diabaté was born 1960 June 27 in Dakar, Senegal. Her parents are griots (djeli or Djali in Mande), so she is griot by inheritance. Salimata's father, El Hadj Djigui Diabaté*, was balafon player and member of the National Instrumental Ensemble of Guinea, her mother Kadiatou Kouyaté is a singer. From her second year Salimata learned singing and dancing from her father, and when she was nine she performed for the first time in public with a group from Conakry. In 1970 she became dancer in the dance group of the army of Guinea, and sings and dances in the National Ballet of Guinea. With this company she first toured through West Africa and in the course of the 1970s, she travelled to Europe, the former Soviet Union and Cuba.
In 1977 Salimata Diabaté returned to Dakar. There she first became a member of the National Ballet of Senegal, in 1980 the Mansour Gueye Ballet and then Daniel Sorano's National Theatre. She played a role in the production 'Siege Of Dakar Linguere' by the National Ballet. In 1982 Diabaté began her solo career and eventually settled in the Netherlands. Since 1985 she travels with her ensemble Africa Salimata along the European concert and festival stages.
In 2004, a DVD appears with Salimate Diabate's performance at the Palais du Peuple in Conakry, Guinee. The same year her album Djigui is recorded in Paris, on which she is accompanied by ngoni, kora and percussion. On the album are songs and music from the griot tradition, together with her own songs with lyrics about social issues and personal experiences. The opening song is a tribute to her deceased father. In 2006 is released the CD Live Acoustic, recorded during her European tour.
- booking etc. africanworldmusic.com
- old website salimatadiabate.com (through web.archive.org)
- with biography salimatadiabate.com (through web.archive.org)
Listen to a track from Salimata's concert:
Salimata Diabaté - 2006.Mar.24 - Tropeninstituut Amsterdam
setlist: 1.improvisation kora / 2.Djembe intro / 3.Boro Rokolon Ti Lola / 4.An Nou Nara / 5.Dunya / 6.Djoula Diabatela / 7.improvisation percussion / 8.Mankanbora - hunters song / 9.Saboui Nan Khame Ra / 10.Soumou //
bonus: Arafan Toure Group (live at unknown date, but could very well be from 2000 in Melkweg Amsterdam, recorded by ConcertZender)
source: broadcast 2006.Aug.04, ConcertZender Live
musicians: Salimata Diabaté - vocals / Adama Conde - arranger, balafon / Mohamed Alpha Camara - congas / Ansoumane Kante - djembe / Habib Kante - drums / Leiba Conde - guitar / Madou Diabate - solo guitar / Sekou Diabate - bass guitar / Fanta Diabate - chorus / Aminata Kouyate - chorus / Djibril Diabate - kora
Discography2004: Live In Africa - Palais du Peuple in Conakry (DVD, label unknown)
2005: Djigui (CD, African World Music #AWM.00104)
2006: Live Acoustic - European Tour (CD, label unknown)
2011: Kolokagni (CD, African World Music #AWN.006)
Watch Salimate (all from awmmusic)
- Live at Palais du Peuple, Conakry - pt 1 / pt 2 / pt 3 / pt 4 / pt 5
- Live 2007 at Dunya Festival - Boro Rokolon
- Clip 2011 - Les Enfants (from Kolokagni)
- Clip 2011 - Union Nationale (from Kolokagni)
- Bonusclip - Saboui Nan Khame Ra (from Djigui)
In GUINEE they sure EAT them RAW!!