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Moussa Diakite and Wassado – 5 Church Street Bellingen
November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20.00
Moussa Diakité emerged from the golden era of Malian music in the 1970s & 80s as one of its most influential and respected lead guitarists touring and performing for many years with the seminal Super Rail Band de Bamako, the legendary Toumani Diabaté’s Yanga Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed voice of Africa Salif Keita, before migrating to Australia.
Since that time Moussa has been an influential force in the Australian African music scene performing with Badema (The brothers), the Afro Jazz, Keyim Ba, Chosani Afrique as well as Oumou Sangare at the Sydney Opera House.
Moussa returned to Mali in 2014 to record new album, Doncomodja at the legendary Studio Yeelen with some of Mali’s finest musicians and contemporaries including; Djelimady Tounkara, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Kasse Mady Diabaté recent Grammy award nominee Bassekou Kouyaté and multi-Grammy award winning kora player, Toumani Diabaté. The result is a highly acclaimed tour de force as “Diakité re-emerges as humble torchbearer, unsung hero and ambassador for Malian culture”.
Moussa Diakité and exciting new five-piece band Wassado are looking forward to returning to Bellingen and their first performance at No.5 Church Street on Wednesday 15th November. They will be performing tracks from Doncomodja, fusing traditional Malian styles with blues, jazz, Cuban and Afro-rock, creating a dynamic mix that is mesmerizing, sophisticated and irresistible.
“Brilliant, Unique, Inspired – Four Stars!” Tony Hillier, The Australian
“One of the finest guitarists I’ve ever heard” Lloyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage
“Doncomodja is an upbeat and exceptional album” Richard Giles, Nexus Magazine
“Diakité re-emerges as a humble torchbearer, unsung hero and ambassador for Malian culture”