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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 the following:

- kora, kamelen n'goni, vocals
- acoustic or electric guitar
- balafon (trad.xylophone) or bass guitar
- drumset, percussion

- 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 concerts.

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 College.

Traditional Artist

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.

Grants Awarded

Prince Diabate's work has been recognised by:

Arts International
The Durfee
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA)
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

Songwriting Contests

2007 - The song "Herakoura" from the latest album, "DJERELON," won the Global Rhythm Magazine/Sonicbids Song Contest for July.

-The album, "DJERELON" won First Place in the People's Choice Awards in the Independent Music Awards.

2006 & 2005 - Winner of Pacific Songwriting Competition
- Finalist in Unisong Songwriting Competition
2004 & 2005 - Finalist in International Songwriting Contest
2004 -
Finalist in International Acoustic Music Awards

Music Awards

Recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards 2001-2014
Nominee for LA Weekly Music Awards 2002
Nominee for New Times Music Awards 2002

TV & Film


"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.

"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, 2015

"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."
NH (Facebook) 2014

"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

"Your 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."
- Danube Music Festival, Belgium, April, 2010

"The 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

"He 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

"The performance 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 all."
- Multicultural Center, UC Santa Barbara, CA, Dec, 2006.

"I saw Prince perform in Victoria BC earlier this year, very spirited performance."
-, California, Nov 2006

"I saw Prince Diabate perform yesterday at UCSB...mandingue fusion - beautiful!"
-, 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 2005

"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 have been
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 our class."
- UC San Diego, California, March 2005

"Thank 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. The students
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

Linda Bawden Allen, Manager
The Cora Company
Tel +33[0]634-95-94-59 (France GSM)
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