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CANCELLED Issa Mbaye Diary Sow (Senegal)

The King of Riti
Saturday 7 December 2019 - 20h00
Molière Theatre - Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles
SAT 07/12

CANCELLED: We regret to have to cancel Issa Mbaye Diary Sow’s concert of this Saturday, December 7th. One of the musicians unfortunately did not receive his visa in time to be able to join us, and Issa and his musicians can not unfortunately ensure the program without his presence. We are currently working on postponing this concert at a later date, but will in the meantime refund all tickets purchased. Thanks for your understanding.


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

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