Sékou "Bembeya" Diabaté

Sékou "Bembeya" Diabaté became famous as the lead guitar player of Bembeya Jazz. During more than two decades, this band toured around the world, and at the FESTAC in Nigeria (1977, he received the surname Diamond Fingers.
As this band slowly desintegrated after the departure of Sékouba Bambino Diabaté in 1989, Sékou "Bembeya" Diabaté, too, began a solo career, although he had recorded a solo album « Montagne » already in 1985. Successes came with albums such as « Diamond Fingers », « Samba Gaye » and « Guitar Fö »

Paul Montgomery of Stern's Records said on the album Diamond Fingers:
"Forget Cooder and Clapton, Diamond is God!"

When Bembeya Jazz was re-united again in 2002, Sékou "Bembeya" Diabaté is again playing in that group as the solo guitarist.

Born: 8 July 1944 in Tiro (near Faranah)
Birth name: Sékouba Diabaté
Style: "electric" mandingo music, solo guitar

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Sekou Bembeya Diabaté, 7 November 2008

Title Year Label Remarks
Guitar Fö 2004 Discorama WVF 479016 Also on: World Village Music
Diata [nd] Alpha Mamadou Cissé et Frères 121602 Cassette
Samba Gaye 1996 Dakar Sound DKS 011 Re-recording of an older cassette
Diamond Fingers 1996 Dakar Sound DKS 008
Concorde Gaye 19?? Samba Gaye SG-1 Cassette, with Djanka Diabaté
Digné 1987 Esperance ESP 8443 LP
Montagne 1985 Esperance ESP 8419 LP

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