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.
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!