Creative Director and Percussion Teacher
Mahamadou Diabaté is a Malian musician and descendant of a griot family that has played music since the 13th century. His father was the great kora player, Sidiki Diabaté, and his brother, Toumani Diabaté, is widely acclaimed to be one of the best kora players in the world. Mahamadou grew up in a musical environment and studied Music during his five years at the INA (National Institute of Arts) in Bamako. Music has also given him the opportunity to travel; he has been to Europe several times to perform with his band.
Mahamadou is the Co-Founder of the music school in Kirina and has worked with the Playing For Change Foundation during the entire process of creating and operating the school. He is now the Creative Director of the school, as well as percussion and musical theory teacher.