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Samba Sene & Diwan - One4Review

Being a fan of most forms of music Geoff and I are always on the lookout for something new! This I found in Samba Sene & Diwan. Samba Sene was born in Senegal and moved to Scotland 7 years ago, he writes his own material and sings in English, French and his native Wolof (Senegalese).  The band Diwan has a core membership of 5;  Samba Sene (vocals), Akin Fatumbi (bass), John Walsh (guitar), Stuart Dinwoodie (percussion and Kora) and Willy Molleson (drums) they are joined on Saturdays and Sundays by Doug Tiplady and Nick McCallum who play horns. Diwan is a Wolof word meaning ‘the whole World’ and this seems to be the whole ethos of the band come along and join in. The show has guests every night and on Sunday 19th August Samba Sene introduced Alex, sorry I couldn’t catch his other name, to start off the set a very pleasant guitarist and singer. Then the party really got started, the small stage seemed to be crowded with an eclectic mix of characters and instruments making a heavenly sound, which the whole space seemed to echo and absorb. I thoroughly enjoyed this set but due to its late start I had to go before the end, they are talking about doing a 2-hour show next Fringe, which would be fantastic. If you get to the show allow an hour after before you need to be anywhere . I also defy you to sit still, the beats are so hypnotising you find yourself bopping in your seat or up dancing. I look forward to seeing and hearing more of Samba Sene & Diwan. ****

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