A cherished member of Seattle’s African music fraternity, Guinean guitarist Abdoulaye Diabate passed away this week. Abdoulaye’s band Lembema was the first to play for African Music Nites at Dahlak Restaurant in January 2011, and Edouard Souarez (of Atlantic Melody) is organizing a benefit concert at Dahlak to help raise funds for his funeral. Please tell all your friends in the African music community about this concert in honor of a fine musician and person.
WHAT: Memorial benefit concert for Abdoulaye Diabate
WHEN: Sunday July 8, 8 PM until late
WHERE: Dahlak Restaurant, 2007 State St. (just south of the I-90 overpass on Rainier Ave. S.)
Manimou Camara and Denbaya – Soul-soaring dance and melodic melodies from Guinea
Thione Diop and friends – Afro-groove fusion and hot Senegalese drumming
Eckaman and Super Mokako – Sizzling Congolese soukous and original Afro-funk
Atlantic Melody – Electric griot music and West African pop with Edouard Souarez
Suggested donation – whatever you can afford!