5 Questions: Malian Musician Kandiafa

Malian Musician Abdoulaye Koné, known as Kandiafa

Malian virtuoso Abdoulaye Koné is known by the nickname Kandiafa. The Hideout in Chicago will be broadcasting a performance on Friday, November 13 at 10 PM CST. You can register here, and watch here.

1. What’s keeping you up at night? 

English: It’s the music that keeps me from sleeping in the night.

French: est la music qui m’enpache de dormi dans la nuit 

Malian Musician Abdoulaye Koné, known as Kandiafa

 2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately? 

English: The coolest thing we heard lately is the video show that Janet made me. It’s really touched my heart. 

French:  la chose la plus cool que entendue recemment cest le show vidéo que janet ma fait sa ma vraiment touché au coeur.


3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now? 

English: The most exciting thing for me right now is my new style that I start at N’goni. The style is called djeli country.

French: la chose la plus excitante pour moi actuellement cest mon nouvel style que je commence au N’goni le style s’appeler djeli country

4. If you could add someone living or dead to your team, who would it be? 

English: Someone I can add is Sidi Touré. I want to also add to my team my little brother who plays bass ngoni and tamani talking drum percussion which is called Amadou koné, and I want Janet as drummer and her beautiful voice.

French: quelqu’un que je pouvez ajouter c’est sidi Touré.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called? 

English: When the film of my life is made would be called fily ka Djéli makan baa.

French: quand le film de ma vie sera réalisé s’appellerait fily ka Djéli makan baa 

Malian Musician Abdoulaye Koné, known as Kandiafa

Abdoulaye Koné, Malian virtuoso of the traditional instrument djeli ngoni, is better known by the nickname of Kandiafa. Koné is heir to a line of griots, a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa. His great-grandfather is none other than the legendary Djigui, one of the Malian national treasures. He took his first music lessons while listening to his father Djeli Makan Koné, and then very quickly with his aunt, Mama Sissoko (a former Badema National and guitar companion of Ali Farka Touré). Having played with Tiken Jah Fakoly and Sidi Touré in particular, the young thirty-something nevertheless recognizes that until today, the best school is the history of transmission, a human archive of Malian culture.