Malima Kone was born into the renowned Kone family of West Africa. Throughout childhood Malima’s father, Dougoutigi Kone, and mother, Dohan Dembele, instilled in Malima a deep respect for their culture.

Like his parents, grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents and great great great grandparents, Malima comes from the ancient jeli (griot) music tradition of the Bwaba people, dating back to the Mali Empire.

Both of his grandfathers were masters of the bala xylophone, jembe drum, and kora, the 21-string harp lute. The Jeli transmit the history of their people through song, music, and dance. In essence the Jeli are the walking, living library of culture and oral tradition passed down from generation to generation. read more >

Listen to a sample off the upcoming album to be released

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