“I confess, I’m addicted to Alpha Yaya Diallo.”
— Cyndi Mellon, Georgia Straight

“Alpha’s music comes together with an irrepressible
enthusiasm that makes you want to move in response,
thanks to Diallo’s multinational band and cross-cultural
musical influences.”— Edmonton Journal

“Diallo is an excellent guitarist and singer and a definite
man to watch I you have not heard his music, it will be a
revelation. I can’t wait for a new Diallo record to come
from his base in Vancouver.”— The Beat

“Diallo writes and plays intoxicating music steeped
in the rhythms of his homeland.” — Words & Music
Magazine (SOCAN)

“Every so often an album comes along that is both
timeless and incredibly current. The Message is an album
with contemporary sound, and yet it is steeped in
centuries of African music.”— CMJ Weekly

“Stylish and danceable. Diallo should be a hit with fans
of BABA MAAL and YOUSSOU N’DOUR.”— Dirty Linen

“This was the best show I’ve seen at the Sidetrack
in ages. Probably in my top five Sidetrack shows.
Alpha Yaya Diallo and his band of four percussionists
and a bass player played three very long sets.”
— Gabino Travassos

“…beautiful music exceptionally rendered.”
— Chicago Reader

“Alpha Yaya Diallo- is an artist of rare musical ability.
This Juno award winner is a composer, band leader
and guitarist extraordinaire.” — Edmonton Journal


• JUNO Award:
Best Global Music for African Guitar Summit
• JUNO Award: Best Global Music for The Journey
• Best Canadian Global Independent Release
for The Journey
• The West Coast Music Awards: Best World Music
Album for The Message
• JUNO Award: Best Global Music for The Message
• The Pacific Music Industry Awards:
Best World Music award for Futur
• BCAO: Song of the Year for composition
Les filles de mon pays


• Luminato Festival (Toronto, ON)
• Houston International Music Festival (Houston, TX)
• Afrofest (Toronto, ON)
• Montreal Jazz Festival (Montreal, QC)
• Calgary Jazz Festival (Calgary, AB)
• Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Vancouver, BC)
• Festival Africain du Quebec City (Quebec City, QC)
• Les FrancoFolies de Montreal (Montreal, QC)
• Edmonton Folk Festival (Edmonton, AB)
• Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)
• Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Vancouver, BC)