Mamadou Diabate, a master of the Balafon, delights on our stage, bringing the vibrant sun of West Africa with him. His music, as colorful as a bustling marketplace in West Africa, creates an atmosphere filled with friendship, respect, and appreciation; echoing the essence of his latest CD, “Kanuya.”
Onstage, Mamadou Diabate, along with the talented musicians of Percussion Mania, weaves a tapestry of virtuosic balafon melodies supported by powerful African rhythms and enriched by soulful African chants. The result is a complete sensory experience that compels the body to move, making it nearly impossible to remain seated.
Mamadou Diabate, now based in Vienna, is not only a masterful balafon player but also a composer, singer, and percussionist. His extensive concert tours have taken him to numerous countries and prestigious festivals, establishing him as an indispensable figure in the world music scene.
When Diabaté is on stage playing the balafon, something magical happens between him and the audience. With his tight strokes, he makes the audience move. When this… Burkinabe virtuoso is on fire and plays as fast as he can—which is really fast—the audience stands up and starts dancing. At the end of the show everybody is dancing like mad. – Bastiaan Springer, Afropop Worldwide
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Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
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