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Diali Djimo Kouyate

In Loving Memory Diali Djimo Kouyate

August 16, 1946 - August 1, 2004

Born in Dianna, Senegal, Djimo Kouyate is a Diali, oral historian and 149th generation of the Kouyate family of Diali, historians and musicians, who have honored West Africa for centuries. Prior to settling in the United States, Diali Kouyate served the Cultural Ministry of Senegal for twenty years as a founding member of the National Ballet du Senegal, during which time he toured 59 countries on six continents. He served as instructor of kora music at L'Institute National des Arts. He directed and co-found Memory of African Culture, Inc., a cultural arts and education organization based in Washington, DC since 1983, and was the leader of Mamaya African Jazz ensemble. Diali Djimo Kouyate served as an Adjunct Lecturer of African Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland from 1996 to the period of his transition. Djimo Kouyate shared his artistry in performance on various instruments of the Diali and Manding traditions, including the 21 string kora, the 6 string doso nkoning, and rhythmic presentations on the koutiro and djembe drum orchestras of Mandinka and Bambara traditions respectively.

He taught as a guest lecturer at numerous universities throughout the mid-Atlantic, southern and mid-west regions of the United States and presented lecture-demonstrations and residencies in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida public and private schools through state and private arts-In-education programs.

Since residing in the United States, Diali Kouyate performed as a solo artist, and with Memory of African Culture Performing Company, Mamaya African Jazz, the Manding Griot Ensemble and the Kouyate Family at various venues internationally and nationally. Kouyate made 8 recordings,"Djimo: West African Kora Music," "African Odyssey," "Fa Kae - Djimo Kouyate-Manding Kora Music," "Yankadi - Djimo Kouyate-Manding Drum Rhythms," "Djimo Kouyate & Mamaya African Jazz", "Goree - Djimo Kouyate and Mamaya African Jazz," and "Diali Djimo Kouyate: Khabila (Family Lineage)," and "Diali Djimo Kouyate - Wato Sita: This is the Time...for Peace." He participated in international exchange and artistic development projects in Mexico, Malaysia, and his home community in Tambacounda, Senegal. In addition, Diali Kouyate contributed to the development of several musical arrangements for theatrical and dance productions at the State University of New York at Brockport, Florida International University, Indiana University, Catholic University, Duke University, and Howard University.

Diali Djimo Kouyate, a traditionalist of Manding culture, recognized family as his highest priority. He sincerely accepted his responsibility as father to his children and the children of his siblings whether biological, adopted or extended. There are many who acknowledged him as "Baba" and respected his teaching and guidance. Diali Kouyate's legacy is best described by the words of his son, Amadou: "As in the traditional context of Fasiya, that which is passed through the generations, I am a Diali. Often synonymous to the French word griot- a storyteller, I have inherited a duty far beyond the comprehension of any story. As the 150th generation of the Kouyate clan, it is my responsibility to preserve the history of the Manding peoples and civilizations, and hand this knowledge down to my children."

Diali Djimo Kouyate, Oral Historian of Manding West African traditions, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, Educator, Mentor and Friend, made his transition to be with the Ancestors on Sunday, August 1, 2004 at his home in Washington, DC. May the Blessings of the Creator surround all of those whose lives he touched, however great or small the impression. May we all have comfort in knowing that Baba Djimo Kouyate's presence in our lives will continue in the Spirit and through our thoughts and actions as we embrace all that he has shared and taught us through his example and mission. With the Blessings of the Creator, we are committed to continue and expand upon the legacy for which Diali Djimo Kouyate has laid a strong foundation for the Kouyate Family and through the institution of Memory of African Culture, Inc. in the manifestation and education of African cultural traditions. We ask for your prayers, encouragement and continued support of our efforts to sustain the legacy of Diali Djimo Kouyate. Abarika.

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