Friday 23 June
Moussa Diakite & Wassado (African Dance)
Brilliant, unique, inspired! – Tony Hillier The Australian
One of the finest guitarists I’ve ever heard. – Lloyd Bradford Skye Australian Stage
Donocmodja is an upbeat and exceptional album. – Richard Giles Nexus Magazine
This is African roots with a contemporary funky jazz edge that’s irresistible on the dance floor!
Emerging from the golden era of Malian music in the 1970s & 80s as one of its most influential and respected lead guitarists, Moussa Diakite performed 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 in 1994.
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 and Chosani Afrique. He became a feature of the local festival circuit playing at Bellingen, Kiama and the Apollo Bay Festivals as well as performing with Malian diva Oumou Sangare at the Sydney Opera House.
After an absence of many years Moussa returned to Mali to record his new album Doncomodja which translates as “A gift from god” at the legendary Studio Yeelen with some of Mali’s finest musicians including; Djelimady Tounkara, Cheick Tidiane Seck, recent Grammy award nominee Bassekou Kouyaté and multi-Grammy award winning kora player, Toumani Diabaté.
Moussa Diakite along with his exciting Sydney based band Wassado will be performing tracks from Doncomodja, fusing traditional Malian styles with blues, jazz, Cuban and Afro-rock, creating an exciting and dynamic mix that will have you on the dance floor shouting for more.