Minn Diarabi [mbalax,blues_SENEGAL]
GENRE : Mbalax, Senegalese Blues with shades of Afro-Latin and Rumba
This truly remarkable Senegalese blues outfit draws elements from the rich Fula tradition interwoven with Rumba, Mbalax, Afro-Latin and deep blues.
Led by Senegalese ABDOULAYE SAMB, MINN DIARABI (translates litterary ‘Mixed Love’) is definitely one of the best hidden gems on the London African music scene.
Abdoulaye SAMB is a guitarist, singer, composer, born in Senegal. He began music by the beaches of his country, fabricating his own instrument from scratch, with fishing lines as strings. The result had a sound evocating those of traditionnal west african instruments such as Ngoni. He taught himself until members of the griot Cissokho family noticed him, and offered him a guitar and their teachings. He went travelling around west Africa to learn different traditions and cultures. He then played with many artists and groups such as Assane Mboup, Abdou Diop, Salam Diallo, Daby Balde, Abou Thiouballo, Baaba Maal.
He then started making his own music with his band Minn Diaraby, that led him to play festivals across France, Spain, Germany and UK. He is now based in London.
Abdoulaye Samb – Guitar/Vocals
Antoine Valy – Lead Guitar/BV
Jules Weishaupt – Drumkit
Matteo Grassi – Bass/BV
Baba Cissokho – Flute
Khalifa – Percussions/BV
Kyazi Lugangira – Guitar/BV
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