BEMAC Live: Ziggi's African Groove
Ziggi’s African Groove is the creation of Senegalese born griot and charismatic international musician and performer Ziggi Mabeye Diagne.
Ziggi sings his own original compositions and unique adaptations of traditional melodies, rhythms and story-songs, in both English and Wolof, accompanying his vocals on kora, guitar and djembe. His music extends and transforms the sounds of his heritage by incorporating elements of other African and global styles and blues, rock and funk elements.
His compositions reflect his life, values, and experiences as a citizen of two worlds, and his respect and support for people of all cultures.
About the artist
Ziggi Mabeye Diagne is a Brisbane-based, Senegal-born Wolof Griot and internationally acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, composer and arranger.
Growing up with the music and songs of his family's heritage, he first learned to play the sabar (traditional hand and stick drum), tama (talking drum) and djembe (West African drum), and at age 14 began performing with his family in the Ngewel Diagne Group. His international career began in 1989 when he was recruited by renowned Senegalese maestro Baaba Maal to join his group as a drummer, dancer and choreographer.
Ziggi has toured the world and performed with music legends including Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Kieta, Femi Kuti, Carlos Santana and, Ziggy Marley, among many others, and has expanded his musical expression to include playing kora and guitar.
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About BEMAC Live
BEMAC Live is a series of professionally produced shows, underpinned by BEMAC’s programming principles, that champion and elevate diverse artists, and their artistry, as creators of original work of the highest quality and relevance possible.
For more information about BEMAC’s program of upcoming events, visit bemac.org.au/whats-on/
7:30pm, Friday, May 26
Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point QLD
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