Famoro Dioubate is a master of the balafon from Guniea, West Africa. He performs live on the radio with Yacouba Cissoko on kora, Raul Rothblatt on cello and Sean Dixon on drums. We also hear him with his full ensemble Kakande. Famoro is djele, or griot, and his family have been an unbroken chain of musician/historians for almost 800 years.
Live Performance from the Source featuring Abdoulaye Diabate, plus a demonstration of the fula flute and interview with the founder of the Source, Sylvain Leroux.
This episode features a demonstration of one of the signature techniques of the Fula Flute by Sylvain Leroux and a live performance recorded at the Zinc Bar by Erik Gunderson and originally aired on WKCR when Sylvain was my guest.
The lineup on the recording is
Sylvain Leroux -Fula Flute, Western flutes and Saxophone
Abdoulaye Diabate – Guitar and vocals
Bailo Bah – Fula Flute
Abdoulaye Alhassane – guitar
Mamadou Ba – Bass
Emi Yabuno – Keys
Sean Dixon – Drums
You can catch the Source the first Friday of the month and the Zinc Bar on 3rd street between Sullivan and Thomson in the West Village. Sylvain also has an exciting show coming up for the River to River festival on June 25 with his Fula Flute Ensemble.