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22 Oct 2017

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).

Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.

The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  

The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.

Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.

The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson

— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté

Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.

— Songlines

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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