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Amadou Diagne and The Group Yakar
Sat 29 April 2017, 20:00 – 23:00 BST
A colourful, energetic and original musical mix bringing together the traditional and new, Western and West African from a charismatic Senegalese singer-guitarist and some of the UK's top world-musicians.
Amadou Diagne is a musician who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. This Senegalese multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, and his UK based band Group Yakar, plays a unique mix of Afrobeat, blues, jazz funk, Mbalax dance music and traditional praise song.
From Dakar, Amadou comes from a long Griot family line of percussionists and praise singers, and his intricate guitar style draws heavily on his skills as a percussionist. Here he weaves Senegalese melodies and rhythms with vocals - he sings in Wolof, French and English - that though soft and warm deliver great power, rousing the audience into a dancing frenzy.
'Sensational! Exceptional music making that matches such as Baaba Maal and Salif Keita at their best… honey-smoked vocals… plaintive, acoustic and brimming with an unhurried assurance.' fRoots Magazine