Mamadou Diabate

Malian kora musician, Mamadou Diabate is a member of the Mandinka West African jeli (musician caste) family. His musical lineage goes back seven centuries to the time of Sunjata Keita, the conqueror of the Malian empire.

I created the artwork for his third World Village album, Douga Mansa. Douga Mansa translates to ‘The King’s Vulture’ hence the image of the bird soaring over the arid Malian landscape. In 2009 ‘Douga Mansa’ won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album.