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Diata Sya – Djekafo Paris Bamako

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Diata Sya is the dignified represent of a new generation of Malian artists who are constantly looking for ways of modernizing and still honoring their traditional music. Many argue that music is Mali’s greatest resource ; Diata Sya demonstrates it.

Diata Sya sing a ragga / hip hop music from Bamako, Mali, for more than a decade. The story of the band started in Dravela and Bamako Coura, known as among the most popular and hottest corners of the Malian capital. Diata Sya took is name from Sundiata Keita, the famous manding warrior of the 13th century, „Sya“ meaning „descendant“ in Bambara, malian language. Well known in the malian hip hop music hall of fame after two album released in Mali (Boomba and Djekafo) and many collaborations with artists as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Oxmo Puccino, Mokobé (113) or Doudou Masta, the band now presents his new project : Diata Sya Family. Diata Sya Family is playing a music across hip hop and traditional manding music, mixed with reggae, ragga, blues or others influences.

Past Posts about Diata Sya:

  • Didjak Munya Album Launch in Kinshasa Juni 14, 2013 Didjak is one of the most tenacious artists I’ve met: he’s managed to self produce a full album, featuring some of the continent’s greatest voices, in a city famed for its music – and for how expensive and difficult it has become to record music. Kinshasa once had the greatest musical output in all of ...
  • Chop Our Music – 2 year Anniversary Super Release! Januar 1, 2011 Hard to believe, but it was just over 2 years ago that our first release, Akwaaba wo Africa, came out worldwide. What a journey it’s been since then! 2 dozen releases spanning the gamut from Nigerian highlife to Gambian griot kora, Angolan kuduro to Benin salsa… We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with artists from ...
  • Listen to Diata Sya’s Djekafo Paris Bamako November 13, 2009
  • 05/19 WW: Diata Sya – Djekafo Mai 19, 2009 Diata Sya have got it going on. They took hip hop in their one hands, mashed it with their rich Malian tradition, called in top instrument players and MCs, and recorded a highly original album in Bamako. Stepping in the legacy of Soundiata Keita, one of the Manding people’s most notorious warriors and historical figures, ...
  • Diata Sya – Dioshi April 20, 2009
  • Diata Sya – Yéléna Januar 27, 2009 Directed By Diata Sya singer Chanana with Kourtrajmé Africa.
  • Diata Sya – Guerrier Manding Januar 26, 2009 Directed by Diata Sya’s own Chanana with Kourtrajmé Africa.
  • 02/03 US: Move it Chaleh! iTunes Release Januar 26, 2009 Move it Chaleh! Words you might hear at an outdoor chop bar in Accra, Ghana, a calling for you to get up and shake it. A hint to the pungent grooves blasting out of subwoofers and beat up sound systems throughout West Africa today. Smaller, cheaper studios are sprouting all over big African cities, allowing a ...
  • Chanana – Malian Kung Fu flick! Dezember 17, 2008 Chanana is half of Diata Sya, and a super chill guy who invited us to his unusually calm and breezy house in Bamako. It was nice to sit down with him and dodge the 100+ degrees under a mango tree, sip on some juice, watch some music videos and some… KUNG FU FLICKS! Not just ...
  • The CCF points to cool stuff April 3, 2008 Contacts at the Centre Culturel Français (French Cultural Center) of Bamako pointed me in the direction of young musicians experimenting with traditional sounds and new music styles. I met Chanana, leader of Diata Sya, who’s first album is both creative and diverse, with hip hop and dancehall songs using typical Malian instruments and chords. Yet ...

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