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Diabel Cissokho

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Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians.
Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Omar Pene, Artea Culture de Dakar, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour. Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Glastonbury, Globaltica, and London’s Barbican, Later... with Jools Holland(with Sinead O'Connor) and Damon Albarn's Africa Express.
His Mansana Blues album with bluesman Ramon Goose was lauded as “a flavoursome mix of slide guitar, mellow kora and undulating Mandinka rhythms” (fRoots) which “delivers moments of steamy pleasure” (Songlines).
Diabel’s 2012 album ‘Kanabory Siyama’ marked a return to his roots, receiving a 4* review in Songlines magazine where he was a featured artist on their Top of the World CD, and received nominations for Best Artist and Best Newcomer.
2016 saw Diabel release his fourth album ‘Tambacounda Express’, a rhythmically, lyrically and melodically diverse collection of songs with strong roots in the blues, alongside the traditional Mandinkan melodies of his griot ancestry.
'Rhythm of the Griot' was released November 2019.

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