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Following the exclusive presentation of some tracks of his new album in the company of 3 tenors of African music, Ablaye Cissokho solicits us for a Senegambian tour to accompany the official release of the album, in February 2018. He will be at the Alliance Française de Banjul on February 17th for an exceptional concert.


The long awaited meeting between two of the greatest Senegalese instrumentalists!

Years that Ablaye Cissoko and Habib Faye met and met without having the opportunity to work together!
After a first collaboration during the Senegalese tour Kola Note Café in 2015, Habib Faye and Ablaye Cissoko meet today for their first album and their first co-production.
Recognized each as the references of their respective instruments in Senegal and more generally in West Africa, Ablaye Cissoko & Habib Faye put their technical mastery at the service of powerful melodies and arrangements of a rare delicacy, between jazz and world music.

About Habib Faye: After 30 years of collaborations with Youssou N’Dour, Stanley Jordan, Manu Dibango, Angélique Kidjo, Ablaye Cissoko ... Habib Faye is considered one of the greatest instrumentalists that Senegal has known and one of the most talented African bass players of the last decades. Grammy-nominated bassist, keyboardist, composer and prolix arranger, Habib Faye is best known as Youssou N’Dour sideman, whose music he composed most in the last twenty-five years, and as musical director of his band Super Etoile which he has made all records since 1986.

About Ablaye Cissoko: After the repeated successes of his solo projects or his collaborations with Kiya Tabassian’s Ensemble Constantinople, trumpet player Volker Goetze, jazz drummer Simon Goubert, Magyd Bekkas, François Jeanneau, Eric Bibb and so many others ..., the Senegalese griot ABLAYE CISSOKO responded this time to the invitation of HABIB FAYE, and proves that he is an artist without barriers, who knows how to renew his musical universe and surprise us again and again.

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About Mokhtar Samba: Mokhtar Samba is a contemporary percussionist drummer of Moroccan origin by his mother and Senegalese by his father. He is the co-founder, with Etienne M’Bappé, Mario Canonge and Nguyên Lê of the legendary fusion group "Ultramarine", which he left afterwards. He later founded the Mossan group. Self-taught, he also studied punctually at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSM). He played with Souad Massi, Salif Keita, Carlinhos Brown, Youssou N’Dour, Jean-Luc Ponty, Alpha Blondy, Richard Bona, Manu Dibango, Alan Stivell, Carlos Santana and Joe Zawinul.

About Djibril Diabaté: is a balafonist born in Ivory Coast, Senegalese of Burkinabe origin. Since the age of 10 he practices the balafon, and has performed in Abidjan, Dakar, but also in France, Spain, Germany and Mexico, in projects ranging from dance companies, theater, as musicians. He collaborated with renowned artists and troupes such as Kissima Diabaté, Yelemba of Abidjan, Baba Maal, Lamine Conté, ....