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Maciré Sylla is a citizen of the capital of Guinea, a country who has the oldest post colonial musical heritage and influenced much of other West Africans neighbours since it independence in 1960. While being born in Conakry, Maciré spend several years of her childhood with her grandparents in the countryside. Her granmother taught her the old songs giving her traditional roots ans musical legacy

At a tender age, she entered the Soleil d'Afrique ballet and became after a few years, solo singer and dancer. She then joined the live line up of Fatala, the Guinean band who recorded for Peter Gabriel's Real World label. Several tours in Europe and North America made Maciré feel that time had come to realize her own dreams ans to pursue her own career which she did with a first album called "Mariama" in 1997. The success in Guinea led her to record a new album for TRACE/COD in 2001. It enjoyed even greater success thanks to the ballad "L'Amour Est Sorcier" wich was a national hit.

In Guinea, most of the singers are of the griots-cast who use the Malenke language. By giving a modern treatment to music and lyrics of Soussou origin, this "non-griots" of Basse-Côte enjoys and astonishing success in her country. Being herself from both side of the social spectrum, the city and the countryside, her aim to make a fusion of those worlds.

Djembé-Faré literally meaning in Soussou the dance of the drums, was born in 1995 out of the meeting of Maciré Sylla and Cédric Asséo. Djembé-Faré presents a varied repertoire in which one can discover at the same time the power and magic of traditional dances and songs, whose origin goes back to the incredible history of the Mandingue, but also songs whose texts and musical conception are written in today's African musical scene and tendencies.

Guinean music, little known - except maybe Mory Kante's "Yékéyéké" , offers an incredible wealth and remains very accessible to the European public, because it is based on the diatonic scale. Guitars, balafons, malinké flutes, djembé, doundoumba and songs marry perfectly, and the group manages to alter bursting joy with the gentle nostalgia of pure melodies.

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A show full of beauty and sensitivity which we greatly encourage you not to miss.


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Group build-up :

Maciré Sylla : Lead vocal, dance
Cédric Asséo : percussions, malinke flute, saxophone
Mamady Diabaté: guitars
Abdoulaye Diarra : balafon, djembé
Ignass Fofana : bass guitar
Anne-Marie Bangoura :backing vocals, dance
Papa Diongue :drums, congas

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Contacts:

Djembé-Faré
47 rte de Mon-Idée
1226 Thônex
Genève - Suisse
+ 41(0)22 / 348.28.87
+ 41(0)79 / 323.58.75

macire@djembe-fare.com

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