Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)
Sunday 18th June 2017
Diabel is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, Diabel was surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians and his affinity with the kora was clear from an early age.
Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. He became Baaba Maal’s kora player and he has toured internationally with his family’s band Bannaya, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour. Diabel has been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD to Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti and we welcome him back after his debut performance at Oyé in 2015.