Amadou Diagne and Group Yakar
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Amadou Diagne and Group Yakar

Bath, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE | AFM

Bath, England, United Kingdom | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Amadou Diagne: Ligéey — review"


★★★★ ”Ligéey is distinguished by sonic detailing: the swish of percussion that opens “Sam Fall”; the electric guitar dancing up front on “Fouta”; the whistled verses of “Don’t Leave Me”; the street sounds before “Don’t Be Afraid” kicks into life and guttural vocals pan all over the spectrum. There are desert blues here, but all other kinds of Senegalese music as well. By rights, the gentle sway of the title track would make it a surprise summer hit.” -


LIGÉEY - 2015 Long Tale Recordings
1 Sam Fall 3:52
2 Don't Leave Me 4:13
3 M'Bolo Blues 4:09
4 Fouta 3:39
5 Don't Be Afraid 4:20
6 Sama Yon 3:56
7 Nonga Dara 4:33
8 Ligéey 5:03
9 Jaikaar 3:48
10 Manoul 3:56

YAKAR - 2013 Waulk Records  
1 Sey 4:12
2 Alal 4:25
3 Casamance 5:04
4 Emigres 5:11
5 Travel 4:47
6 Jef Jel 4:44
7 Help a Child 5:07
8 Baikat 4:16
9 Yakar 5:04
10 Aida 4:13
11 Lamp Fall 5:07
12 Freedom 4:11
13 Goree 5:18
INTRODUCING AMADOU DIAGNE - Introducing Records 2012  
1 Senegal 3:12
2 Talibé 4:28
3 Diamano 3:42
4 Kharit 6:26
5 Africa Stop War 5:31
6 Yaro 4:37
7 Yomal Khyam 4:34
8 Dabagh 5:44
9 Yonbi 5:14
10 Jigeen 4:39
11 Beaguele 6:54
12 Suma Dom 2:06
13 Mam 3:46



    Amadou Diagne & Group Yakar

    Multi instrumentalist and Singer Amadou Diagne from Senegal, West Africa, with his UK based band Group Yakar have a style that is uniquely their own. A dynamic and creative collective of musical backgrounds and experiences unified through the songwriting and Deep West African roots of Amadou’s music. It is music that is hard to define, from Afro beat to blues, Jazz funk to Mbalax with a Rock sensibility. The band’s musicians all have a strong professional background of collaboration with different musical styles and cultures and a great understanding of how to approach a real fusion of their music with dynamic energy and improvisation. Amadou Diagne's soft and warm vocals can deliver great power, whilst his Senegalese melodies and percussive rhythms rouse the audience into a dancing frenzy with some of the best African percussion you will hear globally.

    Amadou Diagne  Amadou is a musician who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. From Dakar, Senegal, Amadou comes from a long Griot family line of percussionists and praise singers. A former member of l’Orchestre National du Senegal, regularly performing with some of the top West African stars for concerts and television, and a busy session musician on the vibrant Dakar music scene. Since moving to the UK, Amadou has been forging his own musical identity as a musician, singer and songwriter inspired by meeting and collaborating with musicians from diverse backgrounds. Amadou has developed a unique and intricate guitar style which draws heavily on his skills as a percussionist, exploring the instrument he is playing and delighting in the rhythmic possibilities within the melodies and the musical interaction with fellow band members and the audience.

    Mark Smulian  Mark is a platinum and gold record producer and internationally acclaimed bass player and band leader who began working with Amadou in January 2014. He has had a huge involvement in the Middle-Eastern crossover music scene for many years. He worked with a variety of musicians from both the Israeli and Palestinian regions and with artists of many different cultural and political backgrounds. Mark was the co-founder and band leader of Whiteflag Project, the first Israeli Palestinian band in the world. Mark is the chairman and advisory member of Heartbeat Jerusalem, an NGO that unites young Palestinian and Israeli musicians. Mark has toured extensively worldwide performing at events such as The Olympic Games on the East Africa stage, Montreux Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, KKL Switzerland and create peace festival in Kazan, Russia.

    Jim Blomfield  Jim is an exciting, versatile and engaging keyboard player who brings his unique and brilliant jazz fusion crossover style to Group Yakar. A legend in the Bristol music scene, he has played with the Andy Hague Quintet and Kevin Figes Quartet and he has accompanied a firmament of national and international names – Andy Sheppard, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Simon Spillett, Ed Jones and US saxophonists Benn Clatworthy and Greg Abate. As a composer and bandleader Jim has written eclectic music for a variety of ensembles – from quartet and septet to contemporary big band and jazz/classical collaborations with the Bristol Ensemble. 

    Dan Pert  Dan’s youthful exuberance and versatile guitar skills bring a special edge to Group Yakar. He flows easily between many styles – rock, blues, funk, reggae and jazz – the basic ingredients for a world music player. Based in Bath, he plays with a number of local artists and bands, and teaches guitar and bass. He has played venues and festivals around the UK, London and the South West. Dan’s special guitar style is influenced by his eclectic musical tastes, resulting in a rhythmically interesting and melodic style with big soundscapes and intricate lead lines straight from the heart. 

    Paolo Adamo  Paolo’s drumming brings energy and colour to Group Yakar. Paolo Adamo was born and brought up in Italy and showed his interest in the music and a particular passion for the drums as a very young child. Paolo’s father introduced him to jazz music and enrolled his young son at the “Thelonious Monk Music Academy” of Campobasso for musical training for 9 years. Paolo started playing professionally from the age of 14, performing in the local clubs around the country and Europe, attending for 6 consecutive years the JazzPuzzle in Belgium.

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