14 Mar 2020

Live: Trio Da Kali at WOMAD 2020

From the collecton Womad
Trio Da Kali

Trio Da Kali Photo: Supplied

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Trio Da Kali are an award-winning ensemble of Malian griots regarded as something of a super group in trans-global music circles.

Taking their name from an iconic praise song in the griot repertoire – ‘da kali’ means ‘to swear an oath’ –  the Trio’s inspired 2017 collaboration with the Kronos Quartet brought them worldwide attention.

All three Da Kali members come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians) and feature a simple line up of instruments including the balafon (xylophone) and the bass ngoni (lute).

However, the real star of Trio Da Kali is vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, blessed with a spectacular voice her power, range and phrasing lend themselves to comparisons with American gospel queen Mahalia Jackson.

 Trio Da Kali’s performance on the Dell Stage at WOMAD 2020 was a triumph that had the packed audience spell bound. 

Song titles: Disa, GodMother, Guede, Lila Bambou, Kanimba, Yirimadio, Garaba Mama, Tita, Ladilikan, Eh Ya Ye, Samuel, Rosewood.

Recorded and produced by Darryl Stack for RNZ Music