1959, Siguiri, Guinea. Diabaté began singing with local bands in 1972 (he was given the nickname Bambino because he was so young). He won the prize for best vocalist at Guineas National Arts and Culture Festival in 1979, as a result of which he was invited to become lead singer with the state-sponsored Orchestre Bembeya Jazz National . He stayed with the group until 1990, when he left to pursue a solo career. Soon afterwards, he released his debut cassette and Le Destin, a bestselling follow-up in 1992. Both releases featured Diabatés powerful and still youthful-sounding vocals, backed by a chorus of female singers and a band playing predominantly traditional West African instruments. Le Destin was released internationally on CD by the German Popular African Music label with two tracks from Diabatés debut African cassette. In 1996, by now a huge star among West Africans both at home and in Europe, Diabaté...