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Salif Diarra

Burkina Faso

Salif Diarra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer who comes from a 'griot' family in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Salif began playing music at a young age along with his brothers, Ali and Samba, and also learned to make instruments. In just a few years, Salif went from playing for survival on the streets of Abidjan to touring internationally with the late great Victor Demé, the biggest selling artist from Burkina Faso.

How we met:

We met Salif Diarra and his band in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as we were working on a new Song Around The World for the winter Olympics in South Korea. The PFC crew went to a restaurant one evening and Salif and his band were playing on stage. We knew right away that we could not leave the country without recording him and his band and building a friendship to create more music together in the future.

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