In 1996, Elage Diouf left Senegal with his brother. Introduced to music and percussions at a very young age, the lyricist, composer and percussionist has participated in an array of musical projects alongside Quebecois musicians since then.
Elage has made name for himself in the WorldMusic scene given his capacity to integrate Senegalese musical traditions with local music trends. Due to this original approach to music, he was awarded a SOCAN award in 1999 in addition to co-writing the “song of the year”.
After several years spent traveling across Quebec and Canada, Elage and his brother formed the musical duo named Diouf. Together they released an album Dund, earning the brothers nominations in 3 categories at the ADISQ Gala in 2004: “Album of the Year: World Music”, “Best New Group” and “Group of the Year”.
Soon after, the Diouf brothers toured the world with the Cirque du Soleil show Delirium, working as part of the musical creation team in addition to performing and singing in the show’s onstage band from 2006 to 2008. Elage still collaborates with Cirque du Soleil for varied special events.
After a seven-year gap from the world music scene, Elage Diouf presents his first solo album, Aksil, a Wolof word that translates to “welcome” and denotes openness.
Aksil is unquestionably diverse, authentically world music in genre, and reflective of the artist’s international musical journey.
- Juno Awards 2011: Best World Album of the Year
- Félix 2011 (ADISQ): Album of the Year: World Music
- Galaxie Rising Star Award (M for Montreal‘s first Mundial Montreal music conference)
- Révélations Radio-Canada 2011-2012 (World Music)
- Invited by Folquébec for a showcase during Womex 2011 (Copenhagen)
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