Moussa Diakite & Wassado

Moussa Diakite & Wassado

Moussa Diakite & Wassado

A legend of Afrobeat dance music..

The band Wassado play modern Malian music inspired by the rich musical traditions of Moussa’s West African homeland.

Moussa Diakite was part of Mali’s generation of pioneering musicians in the 1970s and ’80s. Composing and performing music heavily influenced by the Wassoulou styles of southwestern Mali.

Following a formative period in the Ivory Coast playing with Les Ambassaduers de Bouke and Le Super International Band de La Ba Sosshe, Moussa returned to Mali in 1979 as Lead guitarist with the seminal Super Rail Band de Bamako. Moussa also played and toured with the legendary Toumani Diabate’s Yanga Orchestra before becoming lead guitarist for international star and the voice of Africa, Salif Keita.

After playing to sold out theatres and stadiums across the planet for five years it was while on tour that Moussa fell in love in and with Australia, before settling there in 1994.

Moussa Diakite – guitar maestro, vocalist and songwriter
Philippe Lincy – percussion
Len Samperi – bass guitar and vocals
Junior Jones – drums
Patricia Alvarez – keyboard and vocals