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    Sat 27 May 2017

    Amadou Diagne

    Solo Kora Concert

    Amadou Diagne is a musician who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. Amadou comes from a Griot family line of percussionists and praise singers from the area around Dakar in Senegal. His talent as a percussionist led to him becoming for many years a professional full time member of l’Orchestre National du Senegal. He performed regularly with some of the top west African stars for concerts and television and was a busy session musician on the Dakar music scene.

    Though Amadou draws heavily on the traditional music and rhythms of West Africa, since moving to England he has been busy forging his own musical identity as a singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. Amadou writes and performs most of his songs in Wolof the most widely spoken language in Senegal, with some French and English in the mix. He has a love of improvisation and an eclectic musical inspiration when playing.

    Amadou’s music has attracted global airplay on radio stations from Australia to Israel, Denmark and the USA as well as on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, BBC Focus on Africa TV/Radio and BBC World Service Radio.

    “Honey-smoked vocals …Plaintive, acoustic and brimming with an unhurried assurance.” Jamie Renton, fROOTS Magazine no.361, July 2013

    Amadou's great contribution to a number of bands (including his own) tends to obscure the fact that he's also a fine solo artist with a number of strings to his bow (or Kora). A solo Kora concert could go in a number of directions, traditional from his griot heritage, or contemporary with pedals and loops - or conceivably both! Only one way to find out!!
    See also Djembe workshop in the afternoon

    Venue: The Bell: Love Lounge (Back bar)


    Saturday 27th May 2017

    Price: £6 (£5 concs.)
    Start time: 20:00  
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    Venue access: Wheelchair users will require assistance

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