Mamadou Diabate

Mamadou Diabate
Mamadou Diabate Balafon Master

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  • Mamadou Diabate  (Balafon)


Mamadou Diabate was born into a traditional musician family (Sambla people) in Burkina Faso (West Africa), with a long tradition of practising the profession of story telling and music making.
At the age of 5 he started his professional training with his father Penegue Diabate, who in his days was considered the best balafon player far beyond the bordes of the sambla culture. At 8 he began with his apprenticeship years with renowned balafonists of neighboring peoples.
In 1985 and 1998 he won the first prize of the National Balafon Competition of Burkina Faso.

He currently lives in Austria in Vienna.

With his group Percussion Mania he won the Austrian World Music Award (2011) and the Grand Prix of the "Triangle du Balafon" Competition in Mali (2012). For his virtuosity, he was there also honored with the "Prix Alkaly Camara de la virtuosité".
He has released 9 CDs with his own compositions and 2 others with authentic music of the Sambla and Tusia peoples (both world premiere).
In Burkina Faso, he had built a primary school where poor children are taught free of charge. (

Mamadou`s second last album “MASABA KAN” was released on the 21st of March 2014 by Jazzhaus Records.
The album features the world famous Kora player Toumani Diabate and Jazz pianist Cheick Tidiane Seck.

In 2016 he has released the project : Duba Folie together with great Jazznames from Austria : Sigi Finkel and Wolfgang Puschnik and the 2 brothers from Mali Mdibo & Abdoulaye Diabate for vocals . The CD and project has already earned extraordinary reviews from the media in Austria.