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Mamadou Diabate & The Percussion Mania with Alpha Yaya Diallo & The Bafing!

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LIVE! @ Rhythm & Rye!

Friday October 19th $15 presale $20 at the door doors open at 8pm

Join us for another amazing night of music with :

Mamadou Diabate & The Percussion Mania! and

Alpha Yaya Diallo & The Bafing!

Mamadou Diabate is an award-winning balafon master and composer born in Burkina Faso. He comes from a traditional “Jeli” family of musicians and storytellers of the Sambla people and began his professional training at the age of five with his father Penegue Diabate, who was considered the best balafon player beyond the borders of the Sambla culture.

Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania has a unique lineup with two balafons as lead instruments, delivering spectacular balafon duels between Mamadou and his cousin Yacouba Konate. They won the Grand Prix of the "Triangle du Balafon" competition in Mali (2012) and Diabate was made Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (2017).


Alpha Yaya Diallo
, guitarist, singer, songwriter is a
three-time Juno Award winner. A true multi-cultural artist, he
performs in French, English and his native Guinean languages
of Fulani, Malinke, and Sosoxi.
Diallo’s dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with
its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in
the front ranks of African musicians. His band, Bafing, features
high energy African rhythms, visually captivating dancers and a
hypnotic percussion section.
Alpha was discovered in the late 1980’s by Peter Gabriel’s
Real World Records when he was touring as the lead guitarist
for the group Fatala. By successfully uniting the traditional and
the contemporary, Diallo has carved a niche for himself beside
such West African luminaries as Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Youssou
N’Dour, and Ismael Lo.
Born in Guinea, West Africa, Diallo was frequently on the
move with his family, growing up in a number of regions. There
he was exposed to a variety of cultures, and musical traditions
from the Malenke, Sousou, and his own Foulani people. In
addition he spent time in neighbouring Senegal and picked
up the popular and powerful mbalax rhythm there - as well as
influences from Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
With six highly-acclaimed albums of his own compositions,
including Juno Award winners
The Message
and
The Journey
, it was
a natural fit for him to take part in the hugely successful African
Guitar Summit concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto with
Pa Joe, Mighty Popo, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, and
Donné Robert. The concert led to two recordings released by
CBC Records, leading to another Juno Award for
African Guitar
Summit
.
In 2007, Alpha was the only North American artist
approached by the United Nations, to create a new work for a
compilation CD that will further raise awareness around the
issues of HIV/AIDS, hunger, and debt relief in Africa. The
finished piece
, Imme Africa / Get Up Africa
is a tribute and a call
to the people of that continent – their potential and
responsibility.
Diallo’s musical inheritance is something he always wants to
nurture and to build upon. He never strays far from these roots,
while at the same time ensuring that his performances and his

albums make use of the very latest advances in music technology


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