Alpha Yaya Diallo


Featuring Alpha Yaya Diallo & Bafing

A guitarist, singer, songwriter and a three-time Juno Award winner, Alpha Yaya Diallo is a true multi-cultural artist performing 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 latest project, A Celebration of West African Music and Dance, features high energy African rhythms, visually captivating dancers and a hypnotic percussion section.

Alpha was discovered in the late 1980s 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.

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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