Vancouver, BC, Canada – Award winning Guinean musician Alpha Yaya Diallo will be touring Europe this summer.
Alpha Yaya Diallo is a formidable guitar player. He is known as one of the region’s most flexible musicians, adept in the many styles of Guinea-Conakry’s various ethnic groups, yet possessed of an instantly recognizable sound that is distinctly his own. Alpha’s playing is a fluid current of notes, framed within a timing that is precise and free. From soothing acoustic melodies that inspire deep reflection to swinging polyrhythmic drum and dance arrangements, he plays beautiful and touching music.Diallo was born in Guinea-Conakry and has been playing since the age of 12. While in college he became bandleader for the Sons of Rais, the University of Conakry band. Alpha toured with them extensively throughout West Africa. After graduation he went on to perform with Love Systems, Kaloum Star, rumba band Bembeya Jazz and Sorsornet Rhythm. After moving to Europe, he was quickly invited to join the international African band Fatala. With them he toured the festival and concert circuit in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Holland, Switzerland and Belgium. Diallo also played various folk and jazz festivals across Canada and fell in love with the country.
He now makes his home in Vancouver. Since 1992, Diallo has a Canada-based multi-cultural band called Baffing formed by Xerxes Gohbai, Thierry Matumona, Aboubarou Cumana, Yamoussa Cumana, Aicha Sylla, and Eliot Polsky.
June 28 Wolfsburg, Germany
June 29 Oldenburg, Germany
June 30 Traenenpalast, Berlin, Germany
July 2 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
July 4 Rudolstadt, Germany
July 6 Wroclaw, Poland
July 8 Munchen, Germany
July 9 Vienna Jazz Festival, Austria
July 10 Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
July 12 Villach, Austria
July 14 Spilimbergo, Italy