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Ndioba is a Senegalese bass player and singer based in Helsinki, Finland. He has played with many artists in genres ranging from jazz and pop to rock and blues, funk, hiphop, salsa and world music. The nickname "Ndiobass” says much about his depth as a bass player.

After playing in Senegal with the Youssou N'dour National Tour warm up band the Taballa group, Ndioba stayed in Paris to study music and play in clubs. In 1992, top Finnish guitarist Hasse Walli brought Ndioba to Finland. With the Hasse Walli Band, they toured around Europe and West Africa, and produced several albums. Two songs written by Ndioba, "Bamba" and "Thipatou," hit the Finnish and European charts.

Other collaborations in Finland have included Sakari Kukko (the father of world fusion in the country) Aika Kone, Sami Saari, Jimmy Lowson, Aki Sirkesalo, Tino Sing, Greg Overton, Jason Carter, Zero Drama, and Irina, to name few.

In 2004, Ndioba performed with Italian sax player Gugielmo Pagnozzi’s intercultural music and peace project, Gaiamama. The premiere in Lithuania at the Klaipeda Jazz Festival in June 2006 almost made Ndioba a national hero in the country. A live DVD of his performance was produced by the Klaipeda Jazz Festival Association.

Since 2008, Ndioba has been touring in Russia with a singer called Cemile, and has also played with Toni Mommrel (Incognito), Freddy Moffett (Beyon C), Kiala and Udoh (from Fela Kuti’s band), Raul Vaigla, Villu Veski, and Tiit Kikas from Estonia. Ndioba returned to Paris in 2009 to do an album project with his childhood friend from Senegal Diogal Sakho, and the same year he toured with another talented singer from Senegal, Yoro Ndiaye.

Ndioba's talents are not limited to music; in 2010 he played a role in an Estonian movie called "Kormoranid," directed by well-known movie directors Rain Tolk and Andres Maimik.

Recently, Ndioba has decided to embark on a solo career as a composer, arranger, lead singer and bass player for his own compositions. His debut album will be released in December, 2011.

"After many years of searching and trying many different amps,” says Ndioba, "I finally found my dream sound in Markbass, and the most amazing thing for me is that you can get a really warm, punchy and powerful sound!" - Markbass Italy


Discography

In 2006, NDIOBA started working on his debut album that was initially slated for release in 2008. Because of NDIOBA's busy schedule, the album will finally come out in 2012 (Fall).

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NDIOBA is part of the generation of Senegalese artists who grew up in an environment where music had no boundaries. This has allowed him to perform with musicians of many various genres, from Mbalax (Senegal's predominant musical style) to the grooviest Funk, not to mention Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Gospel, Latin Music.

Over the years, NDIOBA has played the bass with a wide range of first class artists, including:
- from Senegal, Tabala, Hasse Walli& Asamaan Band, Falou Dieng, Amy Cole Dieng, Ma Sane, Diogal Sakho, Dial Mbaye, Yoro Ndiaye, Mamadou Lamine Maiga, Mame Balla;
- from Finland: Aikakone, Piirpauke, Sakari Kukko, Irina, Sami Saari, Aki Sirkesalo, Stilimba, Galaxy, Zero Drama, French Kiss, Gospel Jubilee Train;
- international artists, Kenny Garrett (Miles Davis,Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock), Tony Momrelle (Incognito), Kiala & Udoh (Fela Kuti Band), Freddy Moffett (Kora Green,
Macy Gray), Jason Carter, Cemile Nisametdin.

NDIOBA is based both in Dakar and Helsinki. When Finnish guitarist Hasse Walli, who was deep in African music, built a new line-up for his Senegalese Asamaan Band in the beginning of the 1990s, he brought NDIOBA with him. They toured extensively Western Africa, the Nordic and Baltic countries, and some tracks of their album Teranga (1993), of which two songs co-written by NDIOBA, got on to Finnish and European Charts.

After his experience with Asamaan, NDIOBA stayed in Finland, where he worked for several years with national legends, like Pirpauke and Aikakone.

He also took part in several musical recording projects with Jason Carter, Joonatan Rautio, Sakari Kukko, Alain Konda, Diogal, etc.

With the new millennium, NDIOBA got very busy. He went on tour in Germany and Italy; in Russia with Kasan artist Cemille Nisametdin; in France and Asia with Senegalese singer Diogal Sakho; and performed in Guadeloupe with Kiala & Udoh (Tribute to Ghetto Blaster Concert). He also took part in the Klaipedia International Jazz Festival and in two editions of the Dakar Jazz Festival with his own bands.

NEW ALBUM - NEW TOUR

Building bridges between different styles, DON'T GO is showcasing his talent as composer and singer. As far as his music philosophy is concerned, NDIOBA explains that this album is not for musicians, but for a larger audience. The songs are original compositions and they embrace the opportunity for a variety of musical influences and arrangements to shine through. Most of the lyrics are in his native language and are about keeping a positive attitude in life.

To preview the album, people can visit : http://soundcloud.com/ndioba

All the songs are composed, produced and arranged by Ndioba. Except Immigres Bis, arranged by Lawrence Hodge. The album has been recorded in Finland at Global Music Center by Ilari Suonpaa. Additional recordings in Senegal by Ouzin Ndoye / in France by Diogal/ in Estonia by
Margus Alviste & Rainer Jansis.

Musicians playing on the album, include Ndioba (Lead Vocal , Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion), Lawrence Hodge (Keyboards & Programming), Jussi Reijonen (Guitars), Edouard Manga (Kora), Bina Nkwazy (Backing Vocals), Sofia Rubina (Lead Vocal), Ismaila Sane
(Percussion), Yamar Thiam (Talking Drum), Mikko Kaakuriniemi (Drums), Mikko Mäkinen (Soprano Sax), Juha Pekka Linna (Guitars), Laye Kane (Guitars).