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World Music Juno Award Winner, African Guitar Summit

World Music Juno Award Winner, African Guitar Summit, Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Juno Award winner African Guitar Summit performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 3 p.m. Single tickets are $30 for adults; and $26 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

This star-studded collective unites the talents and styles of expert musicians, including the smooth fire of Juno Award winner Alpha YaYa Diallo from Guinea; the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donné Roberts and multiple Juno Award winner Madagascar Slim from Madagascar; and the heartbeat of drummer Kofi Ackah from Ghana. They are backed by electric bass, balafon and the African marimba played by Naby Camara from Guinea.

This mix of musicians with distinct cultural backgrounds and languages sharing stories and songs has led to an award-winning collaboration. Their debut CD, “African Guitar Summit,” was honored as World Music Album of the Year at the 2005 Juno Awards. Their second album, “African Guitar Summit II,” garnered a 2007 Juno Award nomination in the same category.

Alpha Yaya Diallo is a guitarist, composer and singer from Guinea. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar playing places him in the front ranks of African axemen, and he is also a skilled and experienced performer on a variety of percussion instruments and on the balafon (traditional wooden xylphone). Donné Roberts is a guitarist and singer from Madagascar who came to wide recognition after releasing two albums, “Rhythm Was Born” and “Internation.” He actively tours Canada as a soloist and with the Donné Roberts Band.

Master percussionist Kofi Ackah, son of Jewel Ackah, first played with his father’s band, the Butterfly Six. His father is known as the King of Highlife in Ghana; one of the best Highlife musicians in the world. Ackah has toured Canada since 1992 with bands such as the Highlife Stars with Pat Thomas and Theo Yao Boakye, Tarig Abubakar’s band AfroNubians, and Adam Solomon’s band Tikisa, which won two Toronto Africa Music Awards. Madagascar Slim (Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin) began playing guitar to emulate his brother, who performed in a local band. He was influenced by Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King, as well as the local music, which led to developing the interplay of Malagasy Salegy dance music and the blues, culminating in the album “Good Life, Good Living.”