The Senegalese singer and bass virtuoso, was asked by Marcus Miller to record on Miller's album ‘Afrodeezia’ from 2015 - then you know you're in for something special!
Then again, the super talent had already been headhunted by Ismaël Lô at the age of 18, and then continued to perform and record with almost all the contemporary music legends one could think of: Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Zawinul, Fatoumata Diawara, Paco Sery, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Bela Fleck, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Deep Forest, Gregory Porter..
It seams obvious that Alune Wade is quite extraordinary, and it certainly shows with his latest solo album, AFRICAN FAST FOOD, released in 2018.
A tasty, incredibly elegant & tight album, with utterly groovy bass lines, great melodies, warm sound with cool vocals & funky beats, hard to sit still to, it does inspire dancing with the coolest moves. A mix of Afro Beat, Afro Jazz, it sounds as Urban as can be, and includes some of the greatest musicians from Paris, New York, Havana and Dakar.
Alune was born on June, 1978, in Dakar, Senegal. His father, the leader of a symphonic orchestra, infused the music in him. When Alune was 13 years old, he started to play bass with local bands in Dakar and began his firsts recordings in friend’s studios at the age of 15. Three years later he made an audition for Ismaël Lô, one of the most prestigious musicians of the African continent. The young musician stayed with him for eight years.
In 2006, Wade released his debut solo album. MBOLO (which means “unity” in Wolof) combines his training in African rhythms with more contemporary and modern jazz influences. In 2015 he released HAVANA-PARIS-DAKAR, an album making a bridge between both his native and chosen homes (Dakar and Paris, respectively), as well as the birthplace of his featured and frequent collaborator, Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa.
Alune Wade’s versatile and deep-rooted touch on bass has established him as a virtuose on the African jazz scene. One of the masters to discover Wade's talent, was the late Mr. Joe Zawinul, who invited him to be part of the legendary 'The Zawinul Syndicate'. Since then, Wade has been the bass player of versatile artists like Henri Dikongué, Paco Sery and Mokhtar Samba, to mention a few.
Alune released his first solo album entitled 'MBOLO' meaning Union in Wolof in In 2006. Presenting a mixture of a rhythms rooted in Africa and influenced by jazz and contemporary music from all over the world, combining his training in African rhythms with modern jazz influences. He further explored those influences on his album 'AYO NENE' from 2010. In 2015 Wade collaborated with Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa to shape the work of 'Havana-Paris-Dakar', a bridge between the native homes of these two artists. The same yearAlune also recorded the album 'Afrodeezia' with Marcus Miller.
'African Fast Food' released in February, 2018, fully explores the profound connection between African rhythms and other global influences, exploring jazz and all of the boundless possibilities for interpretation. Promoting the amazing genre of jazz and the African influences in it, this artist promises to make himself known worldwide.
ALUNE WADE DISCOGRAPHY
Ismaël Lô ‘Jiguen’ 1999
Ismaël Lô ‘Dabakh’ 2001
Alune Wade ‘Mbolo’ 2006
Alune Wade ‘Ayo Nene’ 2011
Fatoumata Diawra ‘Fatou’ 2011
University Of Gnawa ‘University Of Gnawa’ 2011
Gregory Porter ‘Liquid Spirit’ 2013
Deep forest ‘Deep Africa’ 2013
University Of Gnawa ‘Maza’ 2014
Julia Sarr ‘Daraludul Yow' 2014
Wolfgang Muthspiel ‘World’ 2014
Marcus Miller ‘Afrodeezia’ 2015
Alune Wade & Harold López-Nussa ‘Havana Paris Dackar’ 2015
Osloob & Naïssam Jalal ‘Al Akhareen’ 2018
Alune Wade ‘African Fast Food’ 2018
Salif Keita 'Un Otre Blanc' 2018
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