In the early 90s, with a foldable travel cello in his baggage, the cellist Martin Müller went on a journey to Africa, which took him amongst other countries to Burkina Faso. There he met the virtuoso balafonist and singer Sibiri Dougoutigui Diabaté. This encounter laid the foundation for the afro-fusion band G.O.N.G. (Grand Orchestre National de Gondwana) founded in 1996. The band played several tours in Switzerland and one in Burkina Faso, with performances at quite diverse festivals like i.e. the Afropfingsten Festival Winterthur or the Jazz Festival in Willisau. Now, more than ten years later, AMAGONG is the phoenix rising from its ashes. The group has been founded in 2010 with three musicians living in Burkina Faso and two living in Switzerland. In 2011 the group took up its collective work and executed a follow-up project each year since, once in Switzerland, the other year in Burkina Faso, presenting its music live, on CD and on video -
music for sore ears, balm for tired souls.
Sibiri Diabaté aka Dougoutigui chromatic balafon, vocals
Hassan Dembélé guitar, backing vocals
Martin Müller electric 5-string cello
with changing colleagues on percussion and on the drums
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