A winner of multiple awards, Mamadou Diop and his band MAMADOU are known for their eclectic blend of exotic rhythms and powerful percussion jams that will set your feet and spirit dancing! Weaving together diverse musical traditions with the powerful rhythms of West Africa, the unique and high energy music of MAMADOU sets feet and spirits dancing. The band performs original music based on authentic African rhythms and arrangements, composed by Mamadou Diop of Dakar, Sénégal, who takes these fundamental African rhythms and layers them throughout his music.
At the heart of MAMADOU's music is the drum. Powerful are the rhythms of Sénégal, making a connection with the soul of each listener. Each musician is given command of separate, offset rhythms, making this music among the most danceable around. Sung in Wolof (Mamadou Diop's native language), French, and English, the songs speak of the importance of love, friendship, and spirit; all in a manner that transcends language and cultural barriers. MAMADOU has been enthusiastically received by club and festival audiences who welcome the opportunity to experience their joyful combination of musical genres.
Band members include:
- Mamadou Diop - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead percussion
- Adam Zampino - Keyboards and bass, backing vocals
- Michelle Cherie - Backing vocals, percussion
- Jacob Pardee - Lead guitar
- Martin Case - Saxophone, horns, percussion
- Joey Frechette - Percussion
- Erik Bistany - Bass
- Mitch Cohen - Drum kit