Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 110 October 2020 - Page 45

Artist to follow

Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Dakka Dembélé began his career with his friend Gounga. Very quickly, they were fascinated by reggae music into which they incorporated Mandingo sounds emanating from their cultural roots.

As they were about to release their first album in 2002, in Abidjan, the two friends were forced into exile in Mali for socio-political reasons. It was there that they met Tiken Jah Fakoly who served as their inspiration and motivation to pursue their career.

In 2007, Dakka decided to continue his journey solo. This will take him to Quebec where he settled down and first revived his first trade by opening his own shoe repair shop. He made a living from this profession while continuing to develop his passion for music. Far from being insensitive to the richness and diversity of Montreal's culture, he returned to the stage in 2013 during the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique, in venue like Syli d´Or, Atmosph’air, Jardins Gamelins among others. It was also during this period that he made a series of collaborations with local musicians, including Abdoulaye Koné, the Rootsteppers, David Mobio, Namori, Ons Barnat and Solid Ground.

Dakka Dembélé

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