Alpha Yaya Diallo and Bafing
Canadian / Guinea
Date: Sunday, July 16th at 7:30pm 2017
Location: Memorial Hall
Adult $28.00 ($25 till June 23rd)
Student/Senior $25.00 ($23 till June 23rd)
Guinea-born Alpha Yaya Diallo is a uniquely multi-talented artist. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axemen. In addition, he is a skilled and experienced performer on a variety of percussion instruments, as well as on the balafon (traditional wooden xylophone). He sings and plays his own compositions, accompanied by his talented international band of players, Bafing.
The blend of musical elements to be found in Diallo’s work is rich and diverse, a heritage from his childhood years. His father worked as a doctor-surgeon, frequently on the move with his family. Growing up in a number of regions of Guinea, Diallo was accordingly exposed to a variety of cultures, and absorbed musical traditions from the Malenke, Sousou, and his own Foulani people. In addition he spent time in neighbouring Senegal, where his mother has relatives, and picked up the popular and powerful mbalax rhythm there – as well as influences from Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
Diallo’s history with Harrison is deep. He first appeared here was with Fatala, a group of West African musicians recording for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, back in 1991. It was on that tour that he decided to settle in Vancouver, soon becoming one Canada’s most beloved and revered African musicians. We are delighted to have him back.