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Biography of Aly KE´TA

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Aly Ke´ta ( 1969) is a Malian musician.

Aly Ke´ta was born in 1969 in Mali. His MalinkÚ parents come from a long line of griots. He studied the traditional pentatonic balafon under ZouratiÚ Coulibaly in Mali. From 1986 onwards, he learned to play jazz with the musician Georges Makinto and built his own diatonic balafon, giving him access to new repertoires. His jazz playing experience gave him the opportunity to produce his own music successfully in Africa, Europe and the USA. Then he adapted the balafon for other musical languages, which led him to take part in international meetings.

He played with such prestigious musicians as Pharoah Sanders, Joe Zaniwul, Rhoda Scott and Camel Zekri. The Centre de Formation et de Promotion Musicales de Niamey in Niger asked him to run workshops to teach traditional and modern music between 1989 and 1995. He then started teaching the balafon at the National Superior Institute of Arts and Cultural Affairs (INSAAC) in Abidjan. He recorded disks with Georges Makinto (1992), groups like BÚta Foly (1996), African Project (1998), and Hans LŘdemann/Trio Ivoire, and recorded for albums by Paco SÚry and Manu Solo.

Aly Ke´ta takes part in many festivals. For the “Y’a pas son deux” initiative Aly Ke´ta made the largest balafon in the world for the IngÚnieuse Afrique festival held at Tarascon sur AriŔge in France, in 1999. He makes his own instruments and gives regular solo concerts.

Last update : 08/28/2007

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