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Yancouba Diébaté

Yancouba Diébaté

Yancouba Diébaté


Cheikh Yancouba Diebate was born into a family of noted griots in Sedhiou, the ancient capital of Casamance, in 1970. Deeply rooted in traditional culture, he quickly discovered a passion for the Kora, the "instrument king"of the Mandingo Empire that peaked in the 13th century. Peers of Lalo Keba drame and Soundioulou Cissoko, his father Babou Diebate and his mother Lya Sakiliba, are absolute virtuosos in the traditional art of "people of words" that celebrate the history of their people. Read more on Last.fm
Cheikh Yancouba Diebate was born into a family of noted griots in Sedhiou, the ancient capital of Casamance, in 1970. Deeply rooted in traditional culture, he quickly discovered a passion for the Kora, the "instrument king"of the Mandingo Empire that peaked in the 13th century. Peers of Lalo Keba drame and Soundioulou Cissoko, his father Babou Diebate and his mother Lya Sakiliba, are absolute virtuosos in the traditional art of "people of words" that celebrate the history of their people. Yancouba tours with his brother Boucar Diebate throughout the country.

Recognized griots, they appear at harvest parties, baptisms and the other popular celebrations that rhythm life in Casamance. He met the balafon player Laurent Rigaud in Senegal in 2001. Very soon, a shared language grew between their acoustic instruments. The Forilalou project developed from this passion for Mandingo Music.

Upon his arrival in France in 2002, he also started composing for films, shows and appearing regularly with the Senegalese storyteller Lamine M'Bengue, the afro-groove band Saf-Sap, the French singer Albert Magister, the band Saiko Nata or the German musical show "Afrika ! Afrika!". His track "Lannaya" was selected by the Conseil Francophone de la Chanson for their 2008 compilation. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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