As a performer, Prince Diabaté
is available for concerts, private and corporate events and studio work.
He can perform with his acoustic ensemble of 4-5 artists or as an acoustic
duo with guitar.
His instrumentation includes
- kora, kamelen n'goni, vocals
- acoustic guitar
- balafon (trad.xylophone) or bass guitar
- traditional guinean drumset, gongoman (trad. thumb piano)
- Plus the occasional addition of flutes/saxophone (as required)
His professional engagements include performances at festivals,
concert halls, museums, clubs, schools, universities, colleges and house
His college campus performances include (in California) UC San Diego;
UC Santa Barbara; Occidental College; Santa Monica College; UCLA; San
Diego State University, Pasadena City College;Scripps College(Claremont
Colleges;) Harvey Mudd College;College of The Canyons and Moorpark Community
College; also (in Washington State) Edmonds College and Walla Walla
As a traditional artist, Prince Diabate teaches private kora classes
and gives lecture-demonstrations at colleges and universities.
Some of his academic clients include (in California) UCLA; CSUN; CSUF;
UC Riverside; CSU San Marcos; UC San Diego; Occidental College; Santa
Monica College and Chapman University. Also, Columbia University (Center
for Ethnomusicology) in New York city.
Prince Diabate's work has been recognised by:
The Durfee Foundation
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA)
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
2007 - The song "Herakoura"
from the latest album, "DJERELON,"
won the Global Rhythm Magazine/Sonicbids
Song Contest for July. The song appeared on the Global Rhythm
sampler CD in their July issue.
2007 -The album, "DJERELON"
won First Place in the People's Choice Awards in the Independent
& 2005 - Winner of Pacific Songwriting Competition
- Finalist in Unisong Songwriting Competition
2004 & 2005 - Finalist in International
2004 - Finalist
in International Acoustic Music Awards
of ASCAP Plus Awards 2001-2014
LA Weekly Music Awards 2002
Nominee for New Times Music Awards 2002
"An Apology to Elephants" (2013) HBO Films.
Executive Producer: Lily Tomlin.
Producer & Director: Amy Schatz. Emmy Award (2013) for Best Voice-Over
Performance: Lily Tomlin
"Running the Sahara" (2007) Directed by James Moll.
Executive Producer: Matt Damon. Composer: Heitor Pereira. Music produced
by Hans Zimmer.
TV CABLE SERIES:
"South of Nowhere" - Series 2, 2006.
Two songs on the series.
"Mamaty M'bengue" for IBM, aired during
2000 Olympic Games in Sydney
(Agency: Ogilvy & Mather.)
Comments (a few)
"Un grand merci à Prince
Diabaté et à Jeff (Kellner) pour le très beau concert
qu'il nous ont offert. C'était vraiment un super moment de musique
et une belle recontre pour nous. Merci pour leur talent, leur générosité
et le bel esprit qui les anime."
- Philippe Breysse, Bibliothèque du Merlan, Marseille, France,
"If you get an opportunity
to see Prince Diabate, do not pass it up! You will be blown away...I
highly recommend it!
- JW (Facebook) 2014
"Merci beaucoup pour
cette très belle soirée: une très belle complicité
entre vous; j'ai eu beaucoup de joie à écouter cette belle
musique d'Afrique qui m'a fait voyager dans le
pays de mon
enfance. A refaire!"
CM (Facebook) 2014
"La sonorité magique
de la kora nous emporte loin d'ici dans une Afrique mythique où
règnent les griots. Soirée enchantée."
"Faut aller voir Prince Diabate pour ceux qui
sont dans la région marseillaise Je l'ai déjà
vu lui et sa bande. G E N I A L!"
ECM (Facebook) 2014
"Le grand Prince Diabaté
avec sa kora en forme de cœur, a été égal
à lui-même, impérial à la kora, engageant
de sa voix et de ses pas de danse. "
- Korafollart, Paris, France, Octobre 2012
"I’d love to work with
you again too. You all are so amazing!"
- Weil Public Relations, Los Angeles, CA, USA, June, 2012
"Merci pour ce moment
magnifique. Merci pour votre talent, votre musique me détresse
et me donne du bonheur."
- Concert , Cesseras, Languedoc, France, Juin, 2010
magnificent music and presence was so exciting for all on board ship.
The success of this project is due, in no small part, to your music;
thank you for being a part of this adventure."
Music Festival, Belgium, April, 2010
music was poetic. The songs were beautiful. They are astounding musicians
and very talented."
Kora Friends,London Afican Music Festival, Bakarycafe blog online, London,
England, Sept, 2009
is so talented, but more than that...he is a wonderful human being."
- SLO Folks, California, June, 2008
" Last night
was a delight....thank you for making the music that you do and bringing
joy to the rest of us.""
- Acoustic Music San Diego, CA, May, 2008
"Your mastery of the kora was mesmerizing and the intricacy of
your playing kept the audience in awe!"
- Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, Los Angeles,
CA, Oct, 2007
"Prince and company put on a GREAT show and I got nothing but positive
feedback from the crowd there. They were delightful to have, as artists
and as people."
- Song Tree Concert Series, Goleta, CA, Feb, 2007
was full of energy and the audience members certainly responded to the
group! It was an enjoyable experience to watch the interplay between
the instruments and musicians, and it was a pleasure to work with you
- Multicultural Center, UC Santa Barbara, CA, Dec, 2006.
"I saw Prince perform in Victoria BC earlier this year, very
- Tribe.net, California, Nov 2006
"I saw Prince Diabate perform yesterday at UCSB...mandingue fusion
- Tribe.net, California, Nov, 2006
"We really enjoyed having you and we got many, many compliments
on your performance."
- Rolling & Tumbling House Concerts, Oregon, 2006
"Prince was a big hit with the students. They
were really buzzing as they left the room and we were thrilled to have
him. I hope we can host him again."
- San Diego State University, School of Music & Dance, October
"The lecture/demo was great, as I expected! The class really seemed
to like it."
- UC Riverside, CA, October 2005
"Prince and his fellow musicians absolutely blew me away. I
thinking of that wonderful music and stage presence ever since."
- Scripps College-Claremont Colleges, CA, September 2005
"Thank you for the
wonderful performance at International Literacy Day. It was great
and the group was delighted to hear you play."
- New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, Santa
Fe, September 2005
"Students are always impressed and appreciate
what Prince has to offer."
- UCLA, California, March 2005
"I am delighted to invite Prince back! He was a highlight of
- UC San Diego, California, March 2005
you so very much for your talent and for sharing the art of the kora
with our students here at the college. I was moved."
- College of the Canyons, California, October, 2004
"Thank you so much for your inspiring performance.The
music was superbly performed and the explanations were enlightening.
The students responded very enthusiastically."
- Pasadena City College, California, November, 2003
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for your terrific presentation.
are still talking about you!."
- UC Riverside, California, March, 2003
"The students and the TAs absolutely loved your lecture."
- UC San Diego, California, February, 2003
"Thank you for a truly fine performance and musical experience.
It was both inspiring and memorable."
- Walla Walla College, Washington State, February, 2003
"Prince Diabate is undoubtedly the most talented, innovative and
productive of the griots and kora players living in the United States."
- CSU Northridge, California, September 2002
" I want to thank Prince for a wonderful presentation in my class.
The students thought that it was great, because he performed music and
presented lots of information about the Mandé and kora music."
- UCLA, California, November, 2000
Bawden Allen, Manager
The Cora Company
Tel +33634-95-94-59 (France GSM)
coracomp at aol.com
info at princediabate.com
for Prince Diabate
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