#MANCRUSHMONDAY: Three-time JUNO award winning guitarist and singer, Alpha Yaya Diallo

Our DamiAdeniyi’s #ManCrushMonday this week is three-time JUNO award-winning guitarist and singer, Alpha Yaya Diallo.

Alpha Yaya Diallo who hails from Guinea in West Africa and is now based in Vancouver has earned a matchless reputation internationally for the excellence of his musicianship and the excitement of his live shows – whether performing solo or with his band, Bafing. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axemen.

In 1993, he released his solo first album, Nene, which was nominated for a Juno Award, as was his 1996 album Futur.

The self-taught musician’s The Message won the coveted JUNO in 1999 for Best Global Recording. In 2002, The Journey won the JUNO Award for Best Global Recording, as well as The Best World Independent and shared a third in 2004 for the African Guitar Summit compilation.

He also won the Best World Artist-Solo at the inaugural Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2006.

 In addition to the guitar, Alpha Yaya Diallo also plays the balafon and the djembe.

We celebrate Jamal Abdourahman, for positively impacting in the fashion industry by bringing together emerging and established designers, giving a platform to those who need a voice, as well as celebrating those known globally through VFW.

We celebrate Alpha Yaya Diallo, for positively impacting the music industry by successfully uniting the traditional and the contemporary, creating a niche for himself.

Know an African in Canada that deserves to be DamiAdeniyi’s #ManCrushMonday or #WomanCrushWednesday? Let me know by email or in the comments

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