Amadou Diagne is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Amadou comes from a long family line of West African Griot percussionists and praise singers. As a young man, he was a professional full-time member of L’Orchestra National du Senegal, performing in concerts, cultural events, and on television for the top West African stars. At the same time, he was a busy session musician on the vibrant Dakar music scene.
Since moving to England, Amadou has been busy forging his own musical identity as a musician, singer, and songwriter inspired by meeting, playing, and collaborating with musicians from diverse backgrounds and musical styles. He has a powerful, rich, high-pitched voice and a unique and intricate guitar style, drawing heavily on his skills as a percussionist and a love of improvisation. With eclectic musical inspiration Amadou explores the instrument he is playing delighting in the rhythmic possibilities within the melodies.
Amadou writes his songs primarily in Wolof, with other West African Dialects such as Pulaar and Manding and occasional English and French. His lyrics reflect his experiences of the world, of the émigré, the African Diaspora, family, community, faith, and humanity.
In 2012 Amadou was signed by World Music Network and his debut solo album Introducing Amadou Diagne was released in February 2012 and reached no. 16 in the European World Music charts. His follow-up album, Yakar, was released on Waulk Records in 2013 and received a 4-star review in Songlines magazine as well as top pick playlist review in fRoots. Amadou’s third album Ligéey was released in 2015 on Long Tale Recordings to great reviews.
More recently, Amadou collaborated with the French American musician Cory Seznec. They call their musical project ‘Touki’, which means ‘journey’ in Wolof. With the help of UK Arts Council funding, they recorded 13 tracks at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and released their album Right of Passage in May 2020. Right of Passage alludes to the arduous journey millions embark on to better their lot and various rites of passage people undergo in the process. Amadou and Cory are setting off on their shared journey with an album tour of France and the UK.