Salif Diarra

Ouagadougou, Centre Region, Burkina Faso

Biography

Salif Diarra is a composer, multi-instrumentist, and singer from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Salif is from a “griot” family of the Bobo ethnia and has been performing internationally with musicians such as Victor Demé and Yapa et la roulette russe.  Salif started to play music at a young age along with his brothers, Ali and Samba and also learned to make instruments. In a few years, Salif went from playing in the streets of Abidjan to survive to touring with the great and now deceased Victor Demé.

How we met:

We met Salif and his band in Ouaga as we were working on a new Song Around The World for the NGO ATD Fourth World. The ATD team in Burkina introduced us to him and after seeing him live on stage we knew we could not leave the country without recording him and his band for a Live Outside.

Hometown

Ouagadougou, Centre Region, Burkina Faso

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