MOUSSA DIAKITE - guitar maestro, vocalist and songwriter
Moussa Diakite & Wassado play modern Malian music inspired by the rich musical traditions of his West African homeland.
Moussa Diakite was part of Mali's generation of pioneering musicians in the 1970s and 80s. Composing and performing music heavily influenced by the Wassoulou styles of Southwestern Mali.
Following a formative period in the Ivory Coast playing with Les Ambassaduers de Bouke and Le Super International Band de La Ba Sosshe, Moussa returned to Mali in 1979 as Lead guitarist with the seminal Super Rail Band de Bamako. Moussa also played and toured with the legendary Toumani Diabate’s Yanga Orchestra before becoming lead guitarist for international star and the voice of Africa, Salif Keita. After playing to sold out theatres and stadiums across the planet for five years it was while on tour that Moussa fell in love in and with Australia, before settling there in 1994.
Moussa Diakite with the Salif Keita Band, The Dakar Festival, Senegal 1993
Since that time Moussa Diakite has been a heavy influence and inspiration to the Australian African music scene. He formed Badema (The brothers) followed by the Afro Jazz and became a feature of the local festival circuit playing at Bellingen, Kiama and the Apollo Bay Festivals as well as performing with Malian diva Oumou Sangare at the Sydney Opera House. Moussa has also played with other groups including Keyim Ba and he continues to perform with Chosani Afrique.
In 2015 and after an absence of 21 years Moussa returned to Mali accompanied by exciting rhythm section, Simon Olsen and Ben Kidson to record new album, Doncomodja. Waiting in the studio ready to lend a hand were some of Mali’s finest musicians a testament to the high regard with which Moussa is held in his homeland including; Djelimady Tounkara, recent Grammy nominee Bassekou Kouyate and Toumani Diabate.
Moussa Diakite & his exciting new band Wassado will be performing tracks from the brilliant new album, Doncomodja and will transport you to the amazing colour, magic and mayhem of West Africa with the mystery of the desert wind on your face...
Moussa has assembled a formidable group from some of Sydney's finest young talent to introduce the wonderful new album Doncomodja to the world including: