From early on, Issa Mbaye Diary Sow was attracted to the riti or nianiourou, the Peul violin. While his flock was grazing, the young herder’s solitude dissipated with his string instrument’s melancholic sounds. A passion that changed his life: Issa became one of the most important traditional Peul musicians from Senegal and Mauritania. For many years, he worked with the Orchestre National du Sénégal and with Baaba Maal, Malick Pathé Sow and Youssou Ndour.
Since living in Belgium, he has found a musical soulmate, the folk violinist Wouter Vandenabeele. This encounter led to the powerful album ‘Doumale’ and more recently to equally impressive ‘Aynaabé’, both in the spirit of musical multiculturalism. Beautifully captivating repetitive music that exudes an ancient tradition. An ode to nomadic pastoral culture.
- Issa Mbaye Diary Sow : nianiorou (riti)
Abdou Camara : vocal
Wouter Vandenabeele : violin
Bao Sissoko : kora
Malick Pathé Sow : hoddu (khalam)
Désiré Somé : guitar
Octave Komlan : calabash, cymbals
Guest, Shalan Alhamwy : violin