Prince Diabaté hails from a prominent, Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa. He learned his art from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté. Breaking with tradition, his father also taught Prince’s mother, Hadja Djeli Sira Cissoko, to play kora. The young boy became an exceptionally early starter by accompanying his parents to their concerts throughout West Africa. Despite his father’s disapproval, he decided to make music his life. When he was eight years old, form Guinean President, Sekou Toure, came to his home town, Kindia, for a celebration in Independence Square. Braving the outraged soldiers and his own fear, the young musician grasped his kora, threw himself at the President s feet and played a special song for him. Greatly touched by his skill and audacity, Sekou Toure became his benefactor, enrolling him in the National Children’s Theater in Conakry. At 16 years of age, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he stumbled upon a videocassette of Jimi Hendrix, and entered the international kora competition. Taking first prize that day ‘Prince Diabaté, Prince of the Kora’.
Feisty Heart is an American rock duo based out of Venice Beach, California. Comprised of Ruthie Garibay (electric guitar, vocals) and Stuart Johnson (drums, bass), their sound embodies blues, rock and roll and Americana with 60s/70s pop and rock songwriting influences. They currently perform as a “two-person-trio”.
Feisty Heart on Radio Venice
Afrikasa is a 4 piece ensemble – Nana Kwakye, Kofi Ameyaw, Chief Suale and Marwan Mograbi – playing neo classical African music primarily from Ghana. They performed at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music as part of their Artnight Program and other shows in Los Angeles during the Fall of 2018.
Afrikasa on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S09.E06 – October 14, 2018