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This is the name of Tani's instrument. In this song Tani emphasizes his gratitude to the Wassoulou people where he is from. He goes on to show his appreciation for the people of Mali, to his parents and everyone who loves him and helps him to go through the life’s journey.


Yeah, I am grateful to my host

Yeah, I am grateful to the people of Wassoulou

Yeah, I am going to meet the angels

When you go to Mali, greet the people for me please

I am grateful to my mom and dad

This part that I am playing right now, reminds me of my love, my partner for life, my angel

The sounds of the birds, this part that I am playing is to say hi to the Diakite’s (Tani’s family), the people of Kaba (a city in Mali), hey, the sounds of the little birds, the sounds of Tani.


from Dalonkan, released August 2, 2012



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Tani Diakite Madison, Wisconsin

Tani is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around.

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