About

Multi-instrumentalist and singer from Senegal, I first made my name in my native country and in Europe as a bass player. I got the nickname NDIOBASS. However, bass playing is only one side of my life as a musician. My hope is to embark on a solo career where I could showcase my own compositions – also as a singer.

NDIOBASS

In the 80s, I studied music in Paris. There, I met with drummer FELIX SABBAL-LEKKO (Manu Dibango, Peter Gabriel) who introduced me to several clubs and bands. Returning to Senegal, I joined the TABALLA BAND led by Bara Fall. The band was occasionally contracted by YOUSSOU N’DOUR to warm up his own concerts.

In 1992, top Finnish guitarist HASSE WALLI, who had visited Senegal several times, played with local musicians and brought modern urban African music to Finland and Estonia, hired me. With the HASSE WALLI & ASAMAAN BAND, we produced two albums and extensively toured Europe and West Africa.

The experience with the Hasse Walli Band helped me to make my name in Finland as a bass player. Great national artists and bands, like SAKARI KUKKO (the father of World Music in this country), AIKAKONE (a famous pop band of the 90s), SAMI SAARI, AKI SIRKESALO, IRINA, JOONATAN RAUTIO, GALAXY; and more recently STILIMBA, JASON CARTER, ZERO DRAMA, FRENCH KISS, JIMMI LAWSON & HANNA WILSON Gospel Jubilee Train, asked me to join them for gigs and recordings.

In Italy, I toured in 2006 with emerging Senegalese star singer BADARA SECK (Myriam Makeba, Mauro Pagani). I had already performed here in 2004 in the framework of the GAIAMAMA PEACE PROJECT of Italian sax player GUGLIELMO PAGNOZZI (Lester Bowie, Don Moye, Steve Lacy, Bob Moses, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava), a multicultural jazz fusion band involving musicians from eleven countries.

In 2007, I worked with CEMILE, the top national singer of Tatarstan. I was part of their one-day come back concert in Kazan where thousands of people acclaimed her show. First African to perform in the country I got on the first pages of all national newspapers and on most TV channels. It was an exciting experience in a country where I could neither understand nor speak the language.

The same year I performed in Helsinki with UK R&B singer Tony Momrelle (Incognito) and US keyboard player Freddy Moffett (Beyon C, Macy Grey).  Then  in October I went 40 days on tour in Germany, Poland and Italy with the INSTANT ACTS TOUR, campaigning against racism and having a great success among youngsters.

In 2008, I joined my friend DIOGAL in France for several concerts. I also spent some time in Estonia to prepare a serie of video lessons on afro-bass playing.

NDIOBA&TOPOTO

This is my own project I started in 2005. We occasionally perform at festivals in Finland and neighbouring countries.

The songs are both in Wolof and English, but you can also hear some French and Finnish.

To me, music is a universal language. It can help to bring people together whether they are rich or poor, black or white, young or old. It’s about exploring and appreciating life within all its forms. That’s a magic thing. Diversity is a key, like spices in the food. In my own compositions, I fuse African groove with jazz, salsa, funk, hip-hop, reggae, world music and pop.

With the time, I hope to be able to produce an album of my own.

DISCOGRAPHY

I’m appearing on several albums (Hasse Walli & Asamaan Band, Sakari Kukko, Joonatan Rautio, Jason Carter, Zero Drama, etc.).

My song “Angela” is featured on the “Diaspora for Africa Vol.2” Benefit Compilation (2007) produced for the Water Foundation by Afrikool Records of Congolese multi-award singer artist Alain Knossi Konda (Harry Belafonte, Chris Blackwell).

 

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