African Night Fever & Yaram present Diabel Cissokho at South Street Arts, Reading

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Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of a great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel started playing a number of traditional instruments at a very tender age under the watchful eyes of his family.

However, Diabel’s affinity with the kora was clear from the start. Diabel is among a new generation of modernisers, taking the ancient African Harp into the 21st Century and bringing audiences an electrifying blend of AfroManding fusion with tantalizing traditional West African rhythms, that stem from the roots of his vibrant Senegalese culture.

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, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour.

Diabel comes to Reading with a full band as part of a UK tour arranged by African Night Fever, who previously brought Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast), Habib Koite (Mali) & Kanda Bongo Man (Congo) to South Street.

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