Common Fence Music to present Trio Da Kali in concert

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Music will present a special live performance by Malian music group Trio Da Kali.

The concert will take place on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI.

Tickets to the show are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Tickets and information may be obtained at, or at by searching Common Fence Music. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. 

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from long lines of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians): vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, master balafonist Lassana Diabaté, and bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. 

Though originally formed to participate on a collaborative project with the adventurous and world-renowned string quartet, The Kronos Quartet (which resulted in the highly acclaimed 2017 release Ladilikan), the Trio’s collective talent and experience allows them to shine brilliantly on their own.

Hawa, who is the daughter of legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, boasts a rich, expressive voice and natural vibrato that have brought comparisons to the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Home is Mali, Hawa performs mainly on the wedding circuit, singing at parties held on the streets of Bamako (the main context in which most musicians in Mali make a living).

Lassana’s ability on the balafon – a type of wooden xylophone originating in Mali and the most distinctive feature of the Trio – is considered one of Mali’s most astonishing. He has recorded and toured with many of West Africa’s foremost artists including Toumani Diabate’s Grammy Award-nominated Afrocubism album and Symmetric Orchestra project.

Mamadou, still in his mid-twenties, brings a contemporary feel to the traditions he has learned from his father, world-renowned Grammy-nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté. (The ngoni is a stringed instrument with a long neck made of wood or calabash and stretched animal hide. It is considered by many to be the ancestor of the American banjo.)

Together, the artists of Trio Da Kali aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. The CFM Artistic Director World Music Pick of the Season, this performance marks the first time such esteemed West African performers will grace the Common Fence Music stage.

The Common Fence Point Hall is located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Per tradition, all shows at CFM’s Portsmouth venue are BYOB & Picnic. Concert-goers are invited to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the performances. 

Seasonal soups, homemade refreshments, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. The hall is fully accessible. Ticket prices vary.

For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit, or call (401)683-5085

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