Djakali Kone
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Biographie

Djakali Kone (Zakaria Kone) was born in 1984 at Banzon, Burkina Faso. His origin is a family of the so called "djeli" - the ancient profession of artists, musicians, poets and story tellers.

With his father, a well known balafonist from Banzon / Kenedougou (a province of Burkina Faso) he started to play the music of the Bwaba djeli already in early childhood. It was also his father, who taught him the art of playing the balafon starting with the age of 6. His second master was his grandfather, who introduced him into the art of playing the n`Goni (the African lute) practicing the style of the Bwaba - whereas he could elaborate his performance on the Djembe together with his uncles, the internationally respected "Frères Coulibaly".

Being a musician became his first profession in 1998, when he came to Bobo-Dioulasso in order to perform with his family Coulibaly, of whom his mother is a descendant. During his engagements with the Coulibaly`s he could advance in his carreer and bring his style of playing the mandinka music with the traditional instruments such as the balafon, the n´goni or kora, the djembe, dun-dun, and bara to perfection - he became a real allrounder of west african music performance.

Due to his talent many well known musicians from Africa and Europe engaged him to play with them, such as "Les Frères Coulibaly", Oumou Sangare, Duni Paece, Smockey (a rapper from Burkina Faso), Awadi (Senegal) and Sami Rama (singer from Burkina Faso).

On the occasion of his engagement with the Coulibaly´s he first came to Europe in 2006 on a tour to Geneva. During the following years he became known to many professional musicians in Switzerland und started to perform with them - e.g. with the group" Jonas et le Taxibrousse Orchestra", Kara Sylla Ka, and Ismael Lo (Senegal). 2009 he founded the group "Djen ka Flow" together with an international group of musicians in cooperation with the Ateliers Ali Baba.
Djakali Kone came to Austria in 2010 in order to continue his professional carreer together with Mamadou Diabate, a balafonist from Burkina Faso who is well known in Austria, Europe and Africa. It´s also in Austria he started to work with artists like Wolfgang Puschnig, Sigi Finkel, Studio Percussion Graz, Silvio Gabriel, Ismael Barrios, Congarilla and Insingizi. He is also present as an artist at numerous national ("Afrikatage" Vienna) and international (West Java World Music Festival, Bandung/Indonesia) festivals.
In december 2011 he won the "Austrian Wolrd Music Award 2011" with his group Percussion Mania.

Besides performing at concerts with several groups Djakali Kone works as a teacher for the djembe, balafon, n´goni or kora and gives lessons for adults and children.
He also works with dancing groups and organises animation programs for children, where they can experience the world of west african music.

Besides performing music he builds and repairs african instruments.

Here you can find a selection of his concerts during the last years:

27. march 2013, concert with Percussion Mania, Graz/A

10. may 2013, with Congarilla, "Colors of Percussion" Festival Freistadt/A

11. may 2013, with Percussion Mania, "Colors of Percussion" Festival Freistadt/A

12. may 2013, "Wien Museum" concert with Percussion Mania, Vienne/A

23. may 2013, concert at Diplomatische Akademie Wien with KOBALO, Vienna/A

24. may 2013, concert for children with KOBALO, Vienna/A

22. june 2013, "Schlachthof", concert with Percussion Mania, Bremen/D

23. june 2013, concert with Percussion Mania, Hannover/D

26. june 2013, concert with KOBALO (with Bassekou Kouyate) WUK, Vienna/A

5.-6. july 2013, concert with Congarilla and Jamaram, Attnang-Puchheim/A

21. july 2013, "Africa Village" with Percussion Mania, Turin/I

3. august 2013, concert with Percussion Mania, St. Gallen - Gallenstein/A

23. august 2013, concert with Percussion Mania, Foix/F

Workshops

28. july 2011 "Ferienspiele 2011" - percussion workshop for children Spillern (A)

03.

july

2011

percussion workshop at "Rhytmotop"

St. Leonhard i. Hornerwald (A)

21.

may

2011

Academy for Ethno-Percussion

Vienna (A)

With Louis Sanou

23.

september

2011

Böllerbauer

Haag (A)

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With Sigi Finkel

26.

june

2011

Donauinsel

Vienna (A)

21.

may

2011

concert áatReal Vienna

Vienna (A)

With Percussion Mania

23. may 2012 Palac Akropolis Praha (CZ)
27. may 2012 Africafestival Würzburg (D)
26. may 2012 "Weltnacht-Festival" Bielefeld (D)
23. may 2012 Porgy & Bess Vienna (A)
29. january 2012 Wien Museum Vienna (A)
28. february 2011 Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal Vienna (A)

31.

march

2011

Orpheum

Graz (A)

01.

april

2011

Sargfabrik

Vienna (A)

02.

april

2011

OHO

Oberwart (A)

15.

may

2011

Gödör Club

Budapest (H)

17.

june

2011

Café Crossover

Vienna (A)

19.

june

2011

Festival "Musik in alten Kirchen"

Westerwald (D)

24.

june

2011

Treibhaus

Innsbruck (A)

25.

june

2011

Chiala Afrika

Graz (A)

30.

june

2011

"Badeschiff"

Vienna (A)

15-17..

july

2011

Music festival with "Sambasunda"

Bandung (Indonesie)

29.

july

2011

"Afrikatage"

Vienna (A)

13.

august

2011

Festival "Sprudel, Sprudel und Musik"

Grundlsee (A)

04.

december

2011

"Austrian World Music Award" at Porgy & Bess

Vienna (A)

With Mamadou Diabate and Congarilla

08. january 2011 Concert at Centre national des arts du spectacle et de l´audiovisel (CENASA) Ouagadougou (BF)

04.

january

2011

Open air concert

Karangasso Sambla (BF)

30.

december

2010

Concert at "Les Bambous"

Bobo-Dioulasso (BF)

With Djen Ka Flow

07. august 2010 Festival Djeliya Thonon (FR)

19.

june

2010

Festival of music, Kiosque des Bastions

Geneva (CH)

18.

june

2010

Festival of music, stage of the historic city center

Geneva (CH)

 With Les Frères Coulibaly

04.-11.

july

2010

« La croisée des cultures »,  Percussion-Workshop at the 16th week for world music and dance

Geneva (CH)

09.

june

2010

Festival of music, Kiosque des Bastions

Geneva (CH)

20.

june

2009

Workshop for african dance

Lausanne (CH)

14.

june

2009

Concert with Duni Paece, Usine

Geneva (CH)

30.

april

2009

Concert at Calypso Club

Carouge / Geneva (CH)

23.

may

2008

« Festival Musiques Metisses »

Chêne-Bourg / Geneva (CH)

With Jonas & le Taxibrousse Orchestra

22.

september

2007

"Usine à gaz" – concert with Rocé

Nyon (CH)

15.

september

2007

Festival "chanson en stok" – Stok Theatre

Zürich (CH)

02.

september

2007

Bain des Pâquis - Festival de la Bâtie

Geneva (CH)

22.

august

2007

Parc de la Grange - stage Ella Fitzgerald

Geneva (CH)

11.

august

2007

Festival des Fondus du Macadam

Thonon (FR)

26.

july

2007

Paléo Festival

Nyon (CH)

01.

june

2007

Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens

Casablanca (MA)

11.

may

2007

m4music

Zürich (CH)

06.

april

2007

Radio Paradiso, RSR, 94.4

Lausanne (CH)

31.

march

2007

Cully Jazz Festival

Cully  (CH)

 

 

 

 

 

28.

october

2006

Jonas aux Docs, opening band for d'Abd-Al-Malik

Lausanne (CH)

14.

october

2006

Concert at the „Bar King“

Neuchâtel (CH)












 

 

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