Find a world beat on with Alpha Yaya Diallo on June 23

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Tuesday, June 13 2017

Guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo, from Guinea in West Africa, is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, he’s earned a matchless reputation internationally for the excellence of his musicianship and the excitement of his live shows

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, and on the balafon (traditional wooden xylophone). 

To complete the abundance of riches Diallo writes his own compositions, and sings with a supple and beautifully modulated voice.

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.

His latest album Djama, which means ‘The People’ in Fulah, Diallo has taken his art to new heights with the intricacy and precision of his guitar-playing and his soulful singing. The recording features several superb duets with fellow guitarist Karamoko Kouyaté from Mali’s legendary Rail Band.

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.

Alpha Yaya Diallo is one of the most inspired and inspirational artists on the World Beat circuit today.

He will be at the Gabriola Island Community Hall this Thursday, June 23. Tickets are at North Road Sports for $22.