Hakili: Mamady Kaita's Sewa Kan
Every year since 1982, the days around Ascension Day have been devoted to the ‘Jazz sous les Pommiers’ festival in French Normandy. This 10-day festival in Coustances showcases a beautiful variety of local musicians, art performances, and renowned jazz names. ‘Jazz sous les Pommiers’ was founded by two local amateur musicians, teacher Thierry Giard and cultural animator Gerard Houssin. Today’s broadcast, a 2009 concert, shows a spectacular performance of master percussionist Mamady Keita. Keita was born in Balandugu, a small village in the West African Guinea near to the border of Mali. Before his birth, his mother was told that his name would travel beyond Balandugu, beyond Guinea and beyond all of Africa. She did not know what that meant until Mamady was born: before he could even walk, he would turn over anything that looked like a bowl and he would start hitting it like a drum. His parents gave Keita the nickname ‘Nankama’, meaning ‘born for it’, and brought him to the master drummer of the village, Karinkadjan Kond. After his education, Keita started to work with the National Ballet of Guinea, the Ballet National Djoliba. In 1986 he decided to establish himself as an independent drummer. At this point there is no West African music world imaginable without Mamady Keita.
Display Titles: Hakili: Mamady Kaita's Sewa Kan
Artists: Mamady Keita,Barbara Bangoura,Souleymana Camara,Baba Toure,Monette Keita,Cece Koly,Youssouf Traore,Mama Adama Camara,Bebe Youle,Kandet Dioubate,PrinceDiabate,Kouyate,Manu Hermia
Location: Jazz sous les Pommiers, Coutances, France
Concert Year: 2009