Artist Profiles: Yaya Diallo

Yaya Diallo

Yaya Diallo is a traditional musician from Mali, West Africa. He is also a music and dance instructor, author, and workshop leader.

His 1980 album Nagapè is a classic instrumental album of African drumming, bala and flute music. Following graduation from the University of Montreal and a brief career as a chemist, Yaya Diallo was co-founder of the music and dance groups Djembe-Kan and Cl?ba and a member of the African Troubadours with the World Music Institute as well as a faculty member of the Creative Music Studio and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies of New York. Yaya Diallo is active with his band Kanza and continues to teach and perform internationally. Onzou Record reissued Nagapè in 2002. This marked a fresh collaboration between Onzou Records and Yaya Diallo to produce more CDs and create traditional African healing centers.

In addition to recording several albums, Yaya Diallo also published a journal, At the Threshold of the African Soul: The Fulani-Minianka Way (1985, reprint 2001) and a book, The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings (1998).


Nagapè (1980), reissued by Onzou Records in 2003
The Healing Drum: African Ceremonial and Ritual Music (Destiny Recordings, 1994) –
Dounoukan (Yaya Diallo, 1995)
Dombaa Fole: Medicine Music of Mali (Relaxation Company, 1998)
Live at Club Soda (Onzou Records, 2003)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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