the world is an instrument" - Daily News
"Mr Diabaté, a virtuosic kora player, reared in Guinea,
was a clear audience
New York Times, September
"Draped like a Guinean pope, the charismatic Diabaté
was the cock of the walk."
LA Weekly, CA, September 20, 2002
"L'un des plus brillants virtuoses de la cora d'Afrique
La Presse, Montréal, Canada, December 19, 2002
"....le petit Diabate acquiert une rapidite epoustouflante."
Voir Magazine, Canada, December, 2002
"It was an amazing evening, worth repeating."
Music Connection Magazine,CA, February, 2003
"Prince Diabaté and his band turned in a regal
Hi Desert Post, CA, July, 2003
"Un reél coup de coeur."
Francofolies de Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 2003
"Prince Diabaté is forging a new connection with the
older musical forms"
Magazine, Los Angeles, Sept-Oct, 2003
"Bringing something different to town on Aug 14, Prince
Diabate performed at SOHO. As the chatting crowd swelled, he snuck
onstage with his band and started rockin' the house. Diabate delivered
two sets of traditional vocal, kora, djembe and krin rhythms rearranged
to include acoustic and electric guitar. Added to that mix, Becky
Allen's clear voice and lyrical flute accompanied the leader's
virtuoso kora performance.
The Santa Barbara Independent, CA, USA, August 2004
"Prince Diabaté's music covers a lot of ground
from reggae to rap but it's the Guinean musician's ancestral
roots that hold the most sway in his upbeat, worldly compositions."
Albuquerque Journal, NM, November, 2004
"Diabate's masterful fusion of funk, reggae, Caribbean
rhythms and the traditional sounds of his Malinke roots in Guinea,
West Africa, make his some of the freshest, most danceable music
going....Diabate's technical wizardry with the kora and his mastery
of it are sorcerer-like."
ALIBI, Albuquerque, NM, November, 2004
"It was wonderful having Prince here - truly a gracious (and
amazingly talented) artist."
KBCS 91.3FM Radio, Bellevue-Seattle, WA, Jan, 2005
"La vedette du jour, Prince Diabate est dans le pantheon
de ceux qui refletent la grandeur et l'immensite de la richesse
de l'Afrique culturelle... Prince Diabate, que la presse americaine
a surnomme par affection "Jimi Hendrix de la kora,"
est un musicien d'une virtuosite rare. En plus de la kora, qu'il
maitrise bien, il joue aussi le kamelen n'goni et est dote d'une
voix puissante et envoutante...un musicien guineen qui est encore
loin d'atteindre son apogee."
Guinee News, Toronto,Canada, October, 2005
"En Guinee-Conakry, on considere qu'il a revolutionne
l'art de la kora en developpant une facon plus percussive de jouer
de cet instrument. En plus,
ce descendant d'une illustre famille de djelis malinkes est l'un
de ceux qui
ont le mieux reussi a fusionner les fondements des traditions
avec rap, reggae, flamenco, latin et funk; rien a voir avec la
superposition de genres, mais beaucoup plus avec l'evolution creatrice
d'une culture ouverte vers l'exterieur."
ICI, Montreal, Canada, October, 2005
"Prince Diabate fait entrer la kora dans le 21e siecle! Depuis
plus de 15 ans, sa maitrise exceptionnelle de l'instrument l'a
amene a en revolutionner la maniere de jouer."
Voir, Montreal, Canada, October, 2005
"The Guinean kora master, Prince Diabate, updates griot music
for Westerners without diminishing its traditional power."
The New Yorker Magazine, NY, October, 2005
"Diabate has evolved into one of the most innovative
West African artists... He weaves elements of rock and reggae
into the fabric of his music and plays a wireless electro-acoustic
kora - with special effects supplied from distortion pedals."
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2005
'On comprend rapidement pourquoi certains surnomment Prince Diabaté,
le "Jimi Hendrix de la kora" : dès son
premier morceau, Diabaté y allait de grands coups de pédale
à effets sur cet instrument traditionnel de l'Afrique de
l'Ouest ! Avouez que la chose est plutôt rare et audacieuse
dans le contexte.... l'homme a du talent et de l'audace!'
L'Avenue du Mont-Royal,
Quebec, Canada, 2005
"Not only is he in high demand on the festival
circuit, but his innovation with the instrument has earned him
Arizona Daily Star, AZ, September, 2006
"Prince Diabate is a leading Kora player of his generation
and is from a Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa.
He combines the traditions of Manden music with modern fusion,
including reggae, rap, blues and funk. Prince Diabate has created
a refreshing, modern version of Manden music rich with external
musical influences." Africasounds.com, January, 2007
"Il a une maitrise parfaite de l'instrument, son jeu
est rapide et sa musique reste authentique et actuelle."
Aviafimag.com, Montreal, Canada, August, 2007
"Prince Diabate lived up to his reputation. The virtuosic
kora player showed an amazing mastery of his instrument, delighting
music lovers- of all cultural backgrounds - with the divine sounds
The Sudbury Star, Ontario, Canada, October, 2007.
"Prince Diabaté, un artista de la
kora guineana demostró el dominio que tiene de este instrumento."
Review from Fimec-Chiclana,El Puente Chiclana Noticias,Spain,
"Prince Diabaté procedente de Guinea, nos llamó
la atención el control que tenía tocando la kora
y la transparencia del sonido. Como una amiga dijo,
“Si cierras los ojos parece que estás en otro sitio”.
Review from Fimec-Chiclana by nConcierto - fanzine de
musica independiente, Spain, July 2010
"Beyond being a master of the kora, Prince Diabate has blown
open the musical territory traditionally covered by the kora.
His original music is genre-defying and he stands out like a true
guitar hero during his performances..In addition to his instrumental
genius, Prince also has a powerful voice that gives his compositions
an emotional edge. He definitely brought the people together during
his set, again rousing the attendees out of their seats to dance
and gather at the stage."
from Damngoodtunes.com Seattle, USA July 2014
REVIEWS FOR MANDINGO WORLD PROJECT
and KORA FRIENDS
"The Mandingo World Project est un trio de trois
confrontation de trois univers: Prince Diabate, Francois Kokelaere
et Julien Soro......Reunis sur la meme scene, les trois artistes
se sont livres a une impressionante joute musicale....Musique
habitee, follement intuitive, les musiciens ont offert un magnifique
apercu de leur talent."
Montagne, Centre, France, June 2008
"We are told that N'Faly Kouyate, Ba Cissoko and
Prince Diabate are childhood friends. They each play the
kora in their own way, creating their own distinctive sound. You
could close your eyes and you would know which player was playing.
(In the same way that you can instantly identify Toumani Diabate
when he plays). The music was poetic. The songs were beautiful.
Looking at them playing, you would think that the kora is an easy
instrument to play. They are astounding musicians and very talented."
Review of KORA FRIENDS, London African Music Festival,
Bakary Cafe blog, London, September 2009
BRIEF COMMENTS: New Album, DJERELON.
(See CD Page for Full Reviews)
"Prince Diabate is one of the most exciting kora players
working today. He also sings both traditional Manding music and
his own compositions, and is very interested in fusing traditional
music with modern ideas without having the modern elements dominate."
worlddiscoveries.net, January 2007
"Prince Diabaté has taken a new direction on his latest
album. He approached Kante Manfila to collaborate on the arrangements
and production...he has gone back to the roots of the Peuhl, Susu
& Malinke people of Guinée for inspiration. The title
means 'remember your roots' and the set proves that roots is best."
"DJERELON: a sure winner for West African
Spin The Globe, KAOS, 89.3FM, WA. USA, May, 2006
Djerelon: Editor's Pick
'Incredible African music that is sure to whisk you away to West
Smother Magazine, June 2006
''A very snappy world beat set that doesn't follow convention
as much as march to its own drummer; any fans who know him from
before won't be disappointed, while any new fans will be delighted.''
Midwest Record, June 21, 2006
' All of the instruments are the real thing and you won't
find anything plugged in here...I recommend DJERELON to all world
music fans and to those who just want to feel the joy that a true
artist like Diabate delivers.' LA YOGA Magazine, July/August,
"Un album ambitieux, enregistré à Conakry
avec une vingtaine de musiciens : des cordes raffinées,
des tambours et du balafon qui nous parlent pour vrai, des flûtes
subtiles ou déchirantes. Un disque fluide."
Yves Bernard, Le Devoir, Montreal, Canada, July 2006
...'Expert arranging sets this recording
apart from many contemporary recordings of Mande music...[Prince
Diabate]reveals his broad experience and modernity with subtlety
and cool. Djerelon establishes him as an important player in the
growing wave of West African acoustic pop.'
Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide, July 2006
"Like much of the best West African music, Djerelon is
upbeat, but with a blue-toned soul, as minor-keyed phrasings snake
their way through the predominantly happy melodies."Michael
Keefe, Pop Matters, Aug 21, 2006
'Beautiful, modernized and multilayered African Mandingo griot
pop...if you enjoy gorgeous, melody-driven African pop, you'll
want to check this album out!' Slipcue E-Zine, June, 2006
"Using a mix of traditional songs and
original compositions, Diabaté neatly keeps a foot in both
the traditional and modern camps, making for a satisfying showcase
of contemporary West African roots music." Folk Roots
Magazine, UK, Dec, 2006.