November 2015


World Wide Music

Friday 13.11.2015 9:00 PM | Club

Admission: 15 / 10 / 5 € (with Berlinpass)

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen


Aly Keïta & The Magic Balafon


Aly Keïta is one of the greatest balafon virtuosos in the world - the balafon is a xylophone with calabashes as resonators. It is a melodic instrument, which is played for the most part by Manding speakers, and originates from Mali.

Keïta was born in 1969 in Mali. His Malinké parents come from a long line of Griots. He studied the traditional pentatonic balafon under Zouratié Coulibaly in Mali. From 1986 onwards, he learned to play jazz with the musician Georges Makinto and built his own diatonic balafon, giving him access to new repertoires. His jazz playing experience gave him the opportunity to produce his own music successfully in Africa, Europe and the USA. Then he adapted the balafon for other musical languages, which led him to take part in international meetings.


He played with such prestigious musicians as Pharoah Sanders, Joe Zaniwul, Rhoda Scott and Camel Zekri. The Centre de Formation et de Promotion Musicales de Niamey in Niger asked him to run workshops to teach traditional and modern music between 1989 and 1995. He then started teaching the balafon at the National Superior Institute of Arts and Cultural Affairs (INSAAC) in Abidjan. He recorded disks with Georges Makinto (1992), groups like Béta Foly (1996), African Project (1998), and Hans Lüdemann/Trio Ivoire, and recorded for albums by Paco Séry and Manu Solo.

In 2009, he was the winner of the Global Music Contest creole.





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