Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel began playing a number of traditional instruments. However, Diabelís affinity with the kora was clear from an early age.
Diabelís musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his familyís band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maalís kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Nuru Kane, Daby Balde, Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Now well established in the UK, Diabelís virtuosic talent, his ďresonant voice and rocking kora styleĒ (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to Londonís Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango.
Diabelís success with bluesman Ramon Goose cemented his reputation as a versatile musician, able to effortlessly cross cultures. Their album Mansana Blues was lauded as
ďa flavoursome mix of slide guitar, mellow kora and undulating Mandinka rhythmsĒ (fRoots)which ďdelivers moments of steamy pleasureĒ (Songlines).
A 2010 European tour culminated in the DNA Culture Project with Ramon, Robert Plant guitarist Justin Adams, Gambian riti player Juldeh Camara and bassist Julian Joseph at Dakarís renowned venue Just4You.
Diabelís upcoming album marks a return to his roots. Recorded in the UK and Dakar and featuring members of his own family, the album draws on Diabelís rich musical heritage,blending beautiful Mandinkan melodies with an upbeat West African groove.