On the Beat: David Menconi on music - Mamadou Diabate gets by with a little help from some strangers | newsobserver.com blogs

There was lots of hoopla over the garish performances and big winners at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, which overshadowed a fantastic little human-interest story. And that involved kora master Mamadou Diabate -- a Durham resident who very nearly didn't make it to Los Angeles and needed a big favor to get there in time to hear his name read at the ceremonies. Read about it here.

Diabate, by the way, was in the 2006 edition of our annual local-music spotlight, Eight Great Local Acts. The 2010 model will be unveiled on Feb. 26. You may start sharpening your knives. 

Congrats to Diabate! I saw him at UNC's campus on a Thursday on the Terrace performance I went to for a music class. Very cool and interesting guy!

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