Thione Diop, Master drummer from Senegal, West Africa, is widely recognized for his powerfully expressive Djembe performances. Thione has shared the stage with such noteworthy musicians as Poncho Sanchez, Alpha Blondy, Prince Diabate and Max Romeo. Thione Diop and his group Yeke Yeke are well known from their many regional appearances in the U.S. and Canadian Northwest. Thione has also toured in Japan joined by his brother Gora Diop, traditional griot drummer and master of the Djun Djun. In Senegal, Thione has collaborated with renowned griot artists Babou Laye Cissokho; master Kora player, Thierno Kouyate; Orchestra Baobab saxophonist, Thierno Ba; Xalam master, Samba Ndoc Tama player for Cheikh Lo and singer Abdoulaye N'Diaye on a number of tracks. A track from one of his most recent collaborations, Samba Griot, co-produced by Thione and Lynette Wich, is featured in the film The Heartbreak Kid. Thione has also organized and produced regional events such as The Spirit of West Africa Festival, bringing Senegalese and other West African artists to NW audiences, and is co-producing a documentary film, Modern Day Griots with director Malika Weeden.
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