Amadou Diage & Group Yaker (Shindig)

2017-04-29 20:00 - 2017-04-29 22:00

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