Kimi Djabaté

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Kimi Djabaté kicks off the Summer Garden programme with a concert that combines several musical genres ranging from gumbé to afro-beat, morna, jazz and blues.

Raised in Tabatô, Guinea-Bissau, a region recognised as a centre for music, dance and other arts, Kimi Djabaté started playing the balafon when he was just three years old, moving on to other traditional instruments, such as the kora. After touring Europe with Guinea-Bissau’s national music and dance ensemble, he settled in Lisbon, where he has collaborated with local musicians, developing his unique style.

Djabaté is interested in different African musical genres, such as gumbé, Nigerian afro-beat or Cape Verdean morna, which he combines with jazz and blues. The central subject of his songs is life in Africa, with its joys and its challenges, namely freedom, poverty or the rights of women and children. His music is a tribute to his Guinean roots.

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Summer Garden 2024

This event is part of the Summer Garden 2024, a free-entry festival with concerts, DJ sets, talks, films and workshops. Learn more

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