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When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:00pm
Where: St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave. Vancouver BC
What:A Caravan World Rhythms & Rogue Folk Club presentation

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Caravan launches its 18th season with sublime and powerful music from Mali, co-presented with the Rogue Folk Club.

Trio Da Kali is a group of outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali, who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Consisting of vocals, bass ngoni, and balafon they take their name from one of the oldest and most iconic praise songs in the griot repertoire, dating from many centuries ago. “Da kali” means “to swear an oath”, in this case, it is the griots’ pledge to maintain their art. Lead singer Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté is undoubtedly Mali’s finest female voice today, revered at home for her knowledge of repertoire and for her powerful, clear and expressive voice, rooted in the tradition of Kela, a village in southwest Mali famous for its griot music, where she grew up. She is the daughter of Mali’s most celebrated male singer, Kasse Mady Diabaté.  Joining Hawa is Fodé Lassana Diabaté, the musical director of the group, is a virtuoso balafon player from Guinea, and Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté, the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent Bassekou Kouyaté.