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Alpha Yaya Diallo

With roots in Guinea, West Africa, guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene. With the impressible enthusiasm of their live performances, Alpha and his band Bafing promise an inspired show as part of the Sizzling Summer Nights Festival on July 26 2006 at 8:00 pm.

Now based in Vancouver, Canada, Diallo has earned a matchless reputation internationally. A uniquely multi-talented artist, Diallo’s dexterous acoustic and electric guitar playing with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axe men. In addition, he is a skilled performer on a variety of percussion instruments, including the balafon (traditional wooden xylophone).

Paul Gravett, ArtSpring’s executive director, realizes that the bands rhythm will inevitably drive the audience out of their seats to dance. “Alpha’s live energy is so great that we are removing part of the stage so our patrons will have even more room to enjoy the show.”

To complete the abundance of riches, Diallo writes his own compositions and sings with a supple and beautifully modulated voice. By successfully uniting the traditional and the contemporary, Diallo has carved a niche for himself beside such West African luminaries as Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, and Ismael Lo.

In recent years Diallo has criss-crossed Canada and the United States, garnering rave reviews wherever he goes for his masterful performances. He's been invited to an ever-increasing number of festivals, sharing the stage with the likes of David Lindley, Thomas Mapfumo and reggae stars Jimmy Cliff, Third World, and Burning Spear.

Chris Rubin of Rhythm Magazine explains “...whether in lead or ginger picking style, for his musical creativity as well as his expressive voice, Diallo ranks easily as among the most exciting and appealing African artists to ever hit the United States.”

In February 2004 he was a member of the hugely successful African Guitar Summit with Pa Joe, the Mighty Popo, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, and Donné Robert. The African Guitar Summit CD received a JUNO.

Alpha Yaya Diallo performs as part of ArtSpring’s Sizzling Summer Nights Festival, which is sponsored by Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art.

As an added bonus, Alpha will be leading a drum session on Wednesday July 26 at 2:30pm. This free event will take place in the meadow beside ArtSpring (Jackson and McPhillips). Some drums will be available for loan, but patrons are also encouraged to bring along their own rhythm instruments.

Please call the Ticket Centre at 250-537-2102 or email ( to reserve your tickets: $19 adults; $8 students.

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