Djeli Moussa Diawara

Also known as Djeli Moussa, Djelmi Moussa Diawara, Jali Musa Jawara, Musa Jawara
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Discography of Djeli Moussa Diawara:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Ocean Blues - From Africa To Hawaï 11 Audio 2000 Celluloid
2 Yasimika 4 Audio 1990 Hannibal Records
3 Soubindoor 7 Audio 1988 Mango
4 FlamenKora 9 Audio 1998 Mélodie Distribution
5 Djeli Moussa Diawara 4 Audio 1983 Tangent
6 Direct From West Africa 4 Audio 1988 Go! Records (2)
7 Soubindoor 6 Audio 1988 World Circuit
8 Yasimika (Abidjan 1982) 4 Audio 2010-10-01 CybearSonic
9 Soubindoor 6 Audio 1988 World Circuit
10 Cimadan 9 Audio 1992 Celluloid
11 Soubindoor 6 Audio 1988 Mango
12 Soubindoor 7 Audio 1988 World Circuit
13 Soubindoor 6 Audio 1988 Mayking Records
14 Djeli Moussa Diawara 4 Audio 1983 AS Records
15 Soubindoor 6 Audio 1988 Mango
16 Sini 11 Audio 2006
17 Jali Musa Jawara 4 Audio 1986 Oval (3)

Djeli Moussa Diawara (also known as Jali Musa Jawara) is born in a family of griots. His father was a balafon player, and his mother a singer. His half-brother, they share the same mother, is Mory Kanté. He then became a « jali » or « djeli », mandingo word for griot. He learned to play the Balafon, the Kora and the guitar.

At 18, he's in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire where he plays with his half-brother who's leaving the legendary Rail Band. Starting his solo carrier, he works with Djenne Doumbia, a great singer who'll later join Salif Keita's group.

In 1983, his first LP Yasimika is recorded. It's still nowadays considered a great piece of African music. Then, he leaves for Paris.

His Flamenkora album is published in 1998, offering a rich blend of styles, from his Mandingo roots to Flamenco.

In 2000, Djeli Moussa records "Ocean Blues - from Africa to Hawaï" with Bob Brozman, that gets good reviews.

Since then, he founded Kora Jazz Trio, with Abdoulaye Diabaté (piano) and Moussa Cissoko (drums). He's the composer of most of the tracks where he sings. Of course, he plays the Kora and sometimes the guitar, on the 3 albums released so far (Part I, II & III).

Singer et musician, Djeli Moussa developed a very intimate relationship with his 32-stringed Kora, which is unique and was adapted at his request from the 21-stringed traditional Kora. He's able to adapt to many different rhythms from traditional Mandingo to Salsa, Flamenco, Blues and Jazz.

He has worked with many internationally acclaimed artists like Ali Farka Touré, Carlos Santana, Manu Dibango, Janice deRosa, Stephan Eicher, Cheick Tidiane Seck...

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