Alpha Yaya Diallo8pm, SaturdayMay 13th '06St. James Hall3214 West 10th Avenue
The Rogue's 19th Birthday Party
at Trutch St. in Kitsilano
Guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo, from Guinea in West Africa, is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, he's earned a matchless reputation internationally for the excellence of his musicianship and the excitement of his live shows - whether performing solo or with his band Bafing. Diallo is a uniquely multi-talented artist. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axemen. In addition he is a skilled and experienced performer on a variety of percussion instruments, and on the balafon (traditional wooden xylphone). To complete the abundance of riches Diallo writes his own compositions, and sings with a supple and beautifully modulated voice.
Alpha will perform with his acoustic trio. His latest CD is the magnificent Juno-winning album, Djama (Jericho Beach Music)