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African Guitar Summit

Alpha YaYa Diallo & Naby Camara (Guinea), Kofi Ackah (Ghana)
Donne Roberts & Madagascar Slim (Madagascar)

Saturday / March 11, 2017 / 7 pm

6pm | Outdoor free music performance by SK Kakraba from Ghana West Africa.

After many years of perfecting their own blend of African sound, this star-studded collective from Canada has received international acclaim for their creative musical and vocal magic. Intersections of traditional and contemporary, East and West Africa, this two-time Juno Award winning group includes: from Guinea – Alpha YaYa Diallo; from Madagascar, the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donne Roberts and Madagascar Slim; drummer Kofi Ackah from Ghana; and Naby Camara from Guinea on electric bass and balafon. Come hear why they were awarded Canada’s best ‘World Music Album of the Year’.

Madagascar Slim’s wave-like style builds slowly into a crescendo, allowing the music to capture other sounds along the way.”

Donne Roberts starts with Malagasy’s salegy, then blends Central African bass lines and Stevie Ray Vaughn guitar strokes …

“Diallo writes/plays intoxicating music steeped in rhythms of his homeland, performing in French, English, Guinean languages- Fulani, Malinke, & Sosoxi.”

“Alpha Yaya Diallo is an African Guitar Summit unto himself. A repository of the continent’s many different styles.”

“The rhythms, modes and sound textures that make African guitar styles so satisfying are fragile. The African Guitar Summit play at this exciting and dangerous edge making a powerful case for the guitar as the signature instrument of modern Africa.” -N.P.R.

Meet the Artists

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Aratani Theatre

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


African Guitar Summit

African Guitar Summit’s Alpha Yaya Diallo

African Guitar Summit’s Donne Roberts