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SONA DIABATÉ & M'MAH SYLLA
(GUINEA, 1988) @
Two singers from the storied policewomen's band Les Amazones de Guinée join a guitarist-marimbist and a flutist-saxophonist in Paris, where everybody plays folk music once removed. Falsetto intensifies the high-end voices and the flute is very prominent, so that the intrusions of saxophone and sometimes even guitar have the effect of male voices demanding confidently to be heard. Secure in their realm, the women continue to muse or chatter or make a joyful noise.
The younger sister of Sekou Diabate - legendary guitarist from 'Bembeya Jazz', Sona was born into a musical family and had learnt to play guitar and bala (xylophone) before she started singing.
She spent two years playing with Miriam Makeba, whilst serving as a member of the Guinea police force ('Gendermerie').
She has toured extensively throughout the world with 'Les Amazones'.
In her music Diabate draws on the rich heritage of Guinean folk music using acoustic instruments and vocals, adapted into a modern but sympathetic setting.