Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby [Mbalax, Blues_SENEGAL]


GENRE: Mbalax, Senegalese Blues with shades of Afro-Latin and Rumba


Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiarabi

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, MINNJIARABI (translates litterary ‘Love of cultural mixing’ from Wolof) 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 and founded his own band Minnjiaraby in 2001, that led him to play festivals across France, Spain, Germany and UK. Minnjiaraby (meaning the Love of cultural mixing in Wolof) plays an original music blending Mbalax, Senegalese Blues and Afro acoustic, deeply rooted in Fula and Mandinka cultures. The music has grown from Abdoulaye’s travels, collaborations and encounters in Africa and Europe.

        Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby have just released their first album ‘Wouty’ (October 2013) available here

featuring: Julien Weishaupt (drums), Antoine Valy (guitar), Mulele Matundo (guitar), Matteo Grassi (bass), Elhadji Amadou Ndir (bass), Mamadou Sarr (percussion), Khalifa Conté (percussion), Chiekh Faye (talking drum), Baba Gallé Kanté (flute), Diabel Cissokho (kora), Kyazi Lugangira (backing vocals), Maimuna Faal (backing vocals), Amira Kheir (backing vocals), Noga Ritter (backing vocals), Luzmira Zerpa (backing vocals) and Nama Cissokho (backing vocals).








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