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|Led by the irresistible energy of master rhythm guitarist and drummer Mamadou Diop, MAMADOU presents a world-class cultural experience. The sound is a guitar and drum led West-African pop that includes the rhythms of high-life, juju, rumba, samba, salsa, and reggae blended into authentic Senegalese ethnic rhythms. Though MAMADOU's songs are primarily sung in Wolof, the language of music is universal and every audience they perform for instantly understands and reacts with joyous dance.|
Mamadou Diop is from Sénégal, West Africa. As a youth, he became interested in playing music when his mother gifted him a guitar. He would go to the river at night and sit by the bridge and teach himself to play the rooted rhythms of Africa on his guitar. Today, Mamadou Diop is one of the most respected rhythm guitarists from his country and an accomplished sabar drummer. He has an extensive musical résumé and has performed with the most celebrated musicians of Sénégal, including Jimi M'Baye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in The Madison Band, (now band members of Youssou N'dour), Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, Musicians from the band Baaba Maal, and the Grand Soda Mama with whom Mamadou toured the West African countries of Sénégal, Mauritania, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.
In 1991 Mamadou Diop, known then as Modou Diop, joined the West African band Thione Seck (former singer for the legendary Orchestra Baobab) and traveled throughout Europe. Mamadou came to the United States in 1996, completing a World Tour with the band. While in Boston, Mamadou joined Master Drummer Ibrahima Camara's world beat band, Safal. Ibrahima, an old family friend from Dakar, Sénégal, had been living in the United States for twenty-five years. Mamadou brought new energy from Africa to Ibrahima's band.
In 1998 Mamadou formed his own band, MAMADOU (formerly "Mamadou Diop and the Jololé Band"). Along with performing, Mamadou, a member of the Soninke tribe, teaches about African life and culture. Mamadou has led drum workshops for public and private school programs. Mamadou also teaches weekly drum and dance classes for adults and children.
In Africa the expression of rhythm is used to make a connection with the soul. Mamadou expresses the virtues of African culture and, in his very personable manner, introduces participants to an understanding of life and spirit that is so prevalent in his culture.
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