Amadou Diagne was born into a Griot family of Sabar drummers and praise singers. He was surrounded by the music and folklore of the West African Griots throughout his childhood. From an early age, Amadou realized his responsibility as a Griot to keep the traditions of his ancestors alive for the next generation. He pursued percussion as he grew up and became a member of the Senegal national band for seven years, during which time he had the opportunity to play percussion for some great musicians including Cesária Évora, Youssou N’Dour and Jimmy Cliff.
His debut album, Introducing Amadou Diagne, came about by winning a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition for his label, World Music Network. He won the competition with his song “Senegal,” which describes the Senegalese concept of tarranga, a special brand of warm hospitality shown to guests. Amadou writes and sings primarily in Wolof which is the most widely spoken language in Senegal. Amadou possesses a terrific, dynamic voice which carries his tunes with his unique guitar style which is influenced by his appreciation of the kora and the xalam. His finger picking is paired with his percussive rhythms drummed on the guitar. This debut album is fresh and showcases an artist full of promise. Watch the video for “Senegal” below.
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