Awa Kassemady Diabate

Awa Kassemady Diabate Kayira Vol. 2

Happy 11/11/11 (and Happy Veterans’ Day). Mande griot music for the masses from Mali with an after-taste electronique. Maybe that’s just this recording’s tinny treble-heavy mix [editor’s note–I don’t equalize these rips]. I feel like this solid package of soul and virtuosity was worth sharing here regardless.

BTW–First release on Awesome Tapes From Africa is out now: ATFA001 Nâ Hawa Doumbia “La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3”. You can find it at eMusic, iTunes, Amazon or hopefully your favorite local record shop. It’s a beautiful album.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ set at Spencer’s GIFs with Janka Nabay at Santos Party House in Manhattan on Friday, November 18.


Awa Kassemady Diabate Kayira Vol. 2

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November 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

this is killing it

November 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

this is killing it!

November 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I have that tape and sound in mine is more close to the Awa in Baya video; the cassettes of Camara Production tend to good sound, but support is not very good and some fail.

November 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

Unreal!, I can’t begin to explain what this does to my head

DJ Daudireply
December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

What is her relation to one of the world’s greatest singers, Kasse Mady Diabate? Does anyone know? She bears his name.

December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Of course everybody knows Kassémady,father of Awa Diabaté.

Here Awa&Dad×2-vEe3wl4

Notice Recordingsreply
February 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

Do you know what year this is ?

October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

This one is SO GOOD.

November 4, 2015 at 3:46 am

wow…beautiful sound recording….her amazing singing reverberates in my room – thanks much for the share. Have heard his father live, but now live far away to catch any African sounds live

April 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

I cant believe… here in my room in a poor house in a poor neighborhood in a poor city from Chile I listening like you the magestic voice of Awa… it is happening!!! it is Awamazing

Gregg A Evansreply
June 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm

I was in one of those restless moods looking for something new to grab and ground me. Checked out several tapes. Did not expect this one to do the trick but its got me. So many ways to be surprised on this site.

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