Perhaps the best-known kora player in the world, Diabate has released a string of albums alongside the likes of Ballak? Sissoko and the late Ali Farka Toure. He has worked with the blues legend Taj Mahal and Spanish superstars Ketama, and is always willing to mix various styles with his Malian roots. 2006 saw the release of the critically acclaimed Boulevard de l’independence with his band the Symmetric Orchestra.
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The Top 50 African Artists