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By The Skanner News
Published: 10 September 2008

Global Rhythms: The Griot's Song, is a one-time only event bringing together three of Mali's most outstanding Griots, or traditional praise singers: Abdoulaye Diabate, Mamadou Diabate, and Yacouba Sissoko. The show is Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Griots trace their lineage to the 13th century Mandinke king, Sundiata, and have historically had the role of singing the praises of royalty and as the oral historians of their exploits. Griots continue their role today as performers with important social and ritual responsibilities in both West Africa and the African Diaspora. Abdoulaye Diabate is a noted singer, as is Mamadou Diabate, who like Sissoko, is also a master of the 21-string kora, the harp-like instrument that accompanies the Griots' song. There is a pre-concert talk at 7 pm by Seattle musician Kane Mathis, an expert on the kora and the griot tradition. Sankofa Theatre is a community partner for this concert.
Advance tickets are $15 and $13 for Town Hall members, students and seniors, available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets are $18 and $16 at the door.

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