Trio Da Kali (meaning ‘to swear an oath’) unites three musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali. With a history that goes back over a millennium, and maintained by four hereditary families, the Mande griots of West Africa tell the history of the Mande people. Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate (of Mali) is a new generation griot. Her vocals are backed by the balafon (wooden xylophone) and bass n’goni (lute) played by Lassana Diabate and Mamadou Kouyate, respectively, creating a contemporary sound unlike any previous griot ensemble.
The group is celebrating their newly released collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet. The album, Ladilikan, is produced by World Circuit Records.