Madina N' Diaye


Lead by her love for “Mandingues” tunes, Madina N’Diaye, holds and claims an original status in the West-Africa musical landscape.She is today, the only Malian woman on stage, accompanied by a Cora, one of the most emblematic instruments in the Malian musical heritage. Armed with her instrument, her compositions and her commitment to the women’s cause, Madina opens the way to a new phenomenon in Mali : Women’s access to musical instruments traditionally used by men or by the “griots” caste. Despite some traditionalists’ wrath, she has made herself known as a talented songwriter-composer-performer. Trained by well-known masters like Toumani Diabaté and Djélimadi Cissoko she now continues her training on her own. Two years ago Madina lost her eyesight because of a serious infection.
Despite her handicap, she did not stop the rehearsals and give us today her first “radiant” album