African sounds in Alford

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The first event in the new season of the Lincolnshire Rural Touring Scheme kicks off at Alford Manor House on Thursday, September 25.

The Amadou Diagne Band from West Africa will perform soulful, bluesey songs drawing heavily on the music Amadou grew up with in Senegal.

The band includes the mesmerising sounds of Griselda Sanderson on Swedish nycleharpa and violin, with support from some of the UK’s top Sengalese musicians on African percussion, bass and drums.

After years backing such luminaries as Youssou N’Dour and Cesarie Evora as a percussionist in L’Orchestra National du Senegal, Amadou now branches out on his own delivering exquisite songs in a beautiful rich voice that soars from a deep brassy tone into a breathy falsetto, singing in English, French and the Senegalese language of Wolof.

Tickets are available from Alford Manor House or on the door, tickets are £10 and the performance starts at 8pm.