This morning we received some very sad newsLast night, the great Senegalese bass player Habib Faye died suddenly. He had been invited along with Ablaye Cissoko for a one-off encounter at the 25th Des Rives & Des Notes festival.
The Jazz à Oloron team is saddened and join his family and musician friends in their grief.
Not only was he one of Africa’s most talented bass players, but also the Musical Director of Youssou N’Dour’s “Super Etoile” group for many years. He lost his fight to illness after a dramatic relapse.
Youssou N’dour returned home last night from Abidjan where he was on an African and international tour when he heard of Habib Faye’s death and declared, “The Super Etoile programme, is Habib. Even if he isn’t on the stage, he is the programme. I tell you one thing; Super Etoile will never be the same again”.
Ablaye Cissoko is committed to going ahead with the quartet’s concert in homage to Habib Faye. The Jazz à Oloron team empathizes with him and approves of this choice.
It is likely that Ablaye Cissoko (kora and vocals), Djibril Diabaté (balafon) and Christophe Mareschal (drums), will be joined by the talented André Manga on bass (to be confirmed). He has played with stars such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock.
“Le style afro jazz” quartet will play on Sunday 1 July at 5 pm
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