Levitt Amp Greensboro

Greensboro | North Carolina

Cheick Hamala Diabate

July 22, 2017 at 6pm


Diabate's music belongs to the griot tradition, a word used to describe a member of a class of poets, historians, musicians and storytellers who maintain and pass on the oral history of West Africa. It is the combination of this deeply cultural practice and contemporary experimentation that makes Diabate's music a genre unto itself, and has led him to win a GRAMMY award and share the stage with the likes of Bela Fleck and Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band.

His music embraces the panoply of sound he discovered in America, taking him beyond the traditional trio of griot instruments: the n’gonikora (gourd harp), andbalafon  (wooden xylophone). He has long explored the connection between America’s traditions and his own griot roots. Yet while many American musicians have traveled to West Africa or picked up the n’goni—thanks in part to Diabate’s introductions and instruction—few African musicians have explored the possibilities of the banjo as extensively as Diabate.


Opening act

Suah African Dance Theater 

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336-373-7523, ext. 242

Location Info

For all concerts, grounds will open at 5pm, with the opening act starting at 6pm and the headliner starting at 7pm—unless indicated otherwise. All concerts should end by 8:30pm.


Over 250 paved parking places are available within Barber Park. Overflow parking will be made available at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA. Volunteers and signage will be on-site to help you find safe and convenient parking.

Please refrain from parking along streets in the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Park Rules

Alcohol will be on-sale, therefore North Carolina law stipulates that no outside alcohol may be brought into the event. All alcohol purchased at the event must be consumed within the confines of the amphitheater/designated event area.

  • No weapons or firearms
  • No animals or pets
  • No fires or grills
  • No unauthorized vehicles driving or parking on unpaved surfaces

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