Djeli Moussa Diawara

Djeli Moussa Diawara (also known as Jali Musa Jawara) is born in a family of griots. His father was a balafon player, and his mother a singer. His half-brother, they share the same mother, is Mory Kanté. He then became a « jali » or « djeli », a mandingo word for griot. He learned to play the balafon, the kora and the guitar.

At 18, he went to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire where he played with his half-brother who was leading the legendary Rail Band. Starting his solo career, he worked with Djenne Doumbia, a great singer who later joined Salif Keita's group.

In 1983, he recorded his first LP, "Yasimika" which was considered to be a great piece of African music. Then, he left for Paris.

He released his "Flamenkora" album in 1998, offering a rich blend of styles, from his Mandingo roots to Flamenco.

In 2000, Djeli Moussa recorded "Ocean Blues - from Africa to Hawaiï" with Bob Brozman, which received rave reviews.

He then founded Kora Jazz Trio, with Abdoulaye Diabaté (piano) and Moussa Cissoko (drums). He composed most of the tracks on which he sings. He also played the Kora and sometimes the guitar, on the three albums they released (Part I, II & III).

Singer and musician, Djeli Moussa developed a very intimate relationship with his 32-stringed Kora, which is unique and was adapted at his request from the 21-stringed traditional Kora. He was able to adapt to many different rhythms from traditional Mandingo to Salsa, Flamenco, Blues and Jazz.

He has worked with many internationally acclaimed artists like Ali Farka Touré, Carlos Santana, Manu Dibango, Janice deRosa, Stephan Eicher and Cheick Tidiane Seck.
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AS 016 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Djeli Moussa Diawara album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Djeli Moussa Diawara (Album) Tangent AS 016 Ivory Coast 1983 Sell This Version
WCB 008 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Soubindoor album art Jali Musa Jawara* Soubindoor (Album) World Circuit WCB 008 UK 1988 Sell This Version
66910-2 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Cimadan album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Cimadan (Album) Celluloid 66910-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
none Djeli Moussa Diawara - Djeli Moussa Diawara album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Djeli Moussa Diawara(Cass) Syllart Production none Ivory Coast 1992 Sell This Version
66966-2 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Sobindo album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Sobindo(CD, Album) Celluloid 66966-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
66999-2 Djeli Moussa Diawara - FlamenKora album art Djeli Moussa Diawara FlamenKora(CD, Album) Mélodie Distribution 66999-2 France 1998 Sell This Version
67022-2 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Ocean Blues (From Africa To Hawaï) album art Djeli Moussa Diawara & Bob Brozman Djeli Moussa Diawara & Bob Brozman - Ocean Blues (From Africa To Hawaï)(CD, Album) Celluloid 67022-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
006603 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Sini album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Sini(CD, Album) African Science, Rue Stendhal 006603 France 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

66922-2 Djeli Moussa Diawara - Ayo album art Djeli Moussa Diawara Ayo(CD, Single) Celluloid 66922-2 France 1991 Sell This Version