Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté: vocals and guitar
David Racanelli: guitar
Bill Donnelly: drume and percussion
Evan Rapport: saxophone
Once hailed by acclaimed writer, musician, and journalist Banning Eyre as “the greatest West African singer in North America,” Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté has carried on the Mande griot tradition in America for two decades. As a hereditary professional musician, Djoss draws his repertoire from a canon of praise songs and dance music that reaches back in time nearly one thousand years. Elegantly, he straddles the mutually exclusive areas of musical trade and performance art, engaging audiences with his impassioned declamations and singing, as well as his inspired guitar playing. Accompanying Djoss, the world fusion group Mother Water, which is led by teaching artist, musician, and scholar David Racanelli, Ph.D., brings the griot tradition full circle. Inspired by Djoss and others, this group draws upon a panoply of musical styles and idioms in its original compositions. Together, Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté and Mother Water inspire reflection and exhort physical response in an effort to entertain its widely-disperse audiences.