Sat, May 26 2018
Doors: 8 p.m. Show Time: 9 p.m.

Griot Traditions of Mali: Djely Tapa Diarra

Presenter/Promoter: Batuki Music Society

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About the Event:

Batuki Music Society and the Alliance Française de Toronto - Centre culturel celebrate the musical heritage of Mali with a concert ‘Griot Traditions of Mali’ featuring Djely Tapa Sountougoumba Diarra at the Alliance Francaise Theatre located at 24 Spadina Road on Saturday May 26th at 9 pm.

Djely Sountougoumba 'Tapa' Diarra is a praise singer born in Kayes, Mali who shares the traditions of her ancestors and her griot heritage. A young artist of exceptional pedigree, Tapa inherited the powerful voice of her famous mother, Kandia Kouyaté and the talents of her Bambara father, Bouya Diarra, a great traditional dancer of West Africa. Djely Tapa sings in many languages including Malinké, Bambara, Kasonké and French. Based in Montréal since 2004, Tapa has performed at festivals, concerts, theatres and special events throughout the province of Quebec, across Canada, in Europe and Africa.

The kora takes centre stage in Malian tradition and culture, and it is especially significant in the performance of various ceremonies and rites. The kora is a favoured instrument by 'djelys' (griots), a centuries-old caste whose practitioners are revered because they are the keepers of records and oral history of the rich traditions of the ancient kingdoms of Mali. The 'djelys' help preserve their culture by reciting events from one generation to the next.

Griot Traditions of Mali: Djely Tapa Diarra
Saturday May 26, 2018
Alliance Francaise Theatre
24 Spadina Road, Toronto
Doors open at 8 PM / Show at 9 PM
Tickets: $15 general admission / $10 members, students, seniors / under 18 free
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Tel: (416) 922 – 2014 X37

Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Alliance Francaise Toronto, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.


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