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NEW ARTIST AT THE AGENCY
RADIO-CANADA (CBC) REVELATION 2011-2012
NOMINATIONS: ALBUM OF THE YEAR - WORLD (ADISQ 2016)
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR - WORLD (CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS 2016)
Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Élage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996, to pursue a musical career that is still growing today. He was known in the first place for his innumerable collaborations, such as with André "Dédé" Fortin and his band, les Colocs. As the co-writer for the song Tassez-vous de d'là, Élage Diouf received the SOCAN Echo prize. His numerous other collaborations brought about his joining, as a featured performer, the world tour of the Cirque du Soleil's Delirium show, during which he takes part in more than 200 representations in the largest cities around the world and gains an unparalleled scenic experience.
A renowned star in his native Senegal, he officially made a name for himself in Canada in 2010 with his first solo album, Aksil ("welcome" in wolof). This album received many accolades, namely a JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year(CANADA) and a FÉLIX for the World Music Album of the Year at the Gala de l'ADISQ (Québec).
In 2015, Élage launched his awaited second solo album, Melokáane, ("reflection" in wolof). Co-produced by Élage and Alain Bergé, the album offers many collaborations such as with multiplatinum singer Johnny Reid and guitarist Jordan Officer. Melokáane receives many accolades, including a nomination for World Music Album of the Year at the Gala de l'ADISQ (Québec), and a nomination for World Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CANADA).
My music is for the whole world to enjoy. It touches the heart, whatever the language. With upbeat songs that combine many cultures' influences, sounds that are warm, with good dancing rhythms, sounds that make you want to move and feel great. That is what I want for myself, my family, my planet. – Élage Diouf
Melokáane is the self-image that shines through, in good and bad times, during one’s lifetime. It blooms with our choices, thoughts and actions. Then, one day, it takes shape, and settles to become a reflection: the reflection of a life’s journey. Filled with irresistible rhythms that make fans bask in waves of contagious euphoria, Melokáane makes Élage Diouf a sensational Senegalese soul rocker.
Élage’s music – a blend of pop, world, blues, folk and asiko - thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel and Andres Cepeda. The musicality of the wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue. Wholehearted in his artistic approach, charismatic, authentic and easygoing in his personal as well as his public life, people love him, and he clearly loves them back. His live performances are noticed thanks to his knack at inciting public participation by dancing, by singing, and by inviting people to come up on stage and dance with him. The warmth and remarkable quality of his voice as well as his varied influences make him a unique artist.
« Engaging and charismatic tunes [...]. An album as filtered through Diouf’s strong vocals and the folky, melodic, quirky varied bits and pieces that make up Montreal. » - Erin MacLeod, Mirror Montreal (★★★★1⁄2)
« A beautiful album of soulful and lively beauty. » - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir
« One of these touching voices from which exudes human warmth and obvious sincerity - Ralph Boncy, ICI Musique