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Élage Diouf in a black shirt and golden yellow hat against a yellow background

JUNO award winning percussionist and composer Élage Diouf sits at the crossroads of pop, world, blues, folk, and asiko (West African rhythms). His trademark sound is upbeat and festive, perfectly complimenting his hopeful and adventurous lyrics, often sung in his mother tongue, Wolof. Élage’s performances are electrifying, blending elements of African folk, reggae, jazz, and blues into a mesmerizing tapestry of sound.

A humanist first and foremost, Élage does not hesitate to draw from his personal life to pay tribute to mutual respect. He admires the resilience of human beings and the courage of those who overcome their fears.

In an intimate concert, he will take you on a journey through his world, which skillfully merges the rhythms of his native Senegal with musical influences from all over the world. Those who know Élage will be happy to rediscover his talent and his joie de vivre and for those who don't know him yet, prepare yourself for a musical encounter that will fill your ears and your heart with great happiness.

Élage moved to Canada in 1996 to pursue a career in music. He first became known for his countless collaborations, notably with André “Dédé” Fortin and his group, the Colocs. As co-writer for the song “Tassez-vous de d'là”, Élage Diouf won the SOCAN Echo Prize. His many other collaborations led him to participate, as a featured artist, in the world tour of the show Delirium by Cirque du Soleil, where he participated in more than 200 performances in the largest cities in the world and acquired stage experience that turned him into a worldclass performer. For several years he has also toured with internationally renowned artist Johnny Reid as a guest artist.

 

“Pay What You Will” is offered on select performances. Here’s how it works:

– You still need a ticket. Book your seats in advance at tickets.theplayhouse.ca, by calling our box office at 458-8344, or visiting us at 686 Queen Street.

– At the performance, we will provide an envelope and ask audience members to pay whatever amount they wish (based on their own individual experience) following the performance.

You decide the price of your tickets!

The objective of “Pay What You Will” is to increase access to our programs, and to encourage our patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances.

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