Salif Diarra (Burkina Faso)
Salif Diarra is a composer, multi-instrumenaltist, and singer who comes from a ‘griot’ family of storytellers and musicians from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Salif began playing music at a young age along with his brothers, Ali and Samba, and also learned to make instruments. In just a few years, Salif went from playing for survival on the streets of Abidjan to touring internationally with the late, great Victor Demé, the biggest selling artist from Burkina Faso.
Salif's music embodies the essence of 'Dunian,' which translates to "the world is like that." Through his music, he explores the adventurous journey of life, with its moments of joy and hardship. Salif draws inspiration from his ancestors and parents, who serve as guiding lights in navigating the sometimes dark and challenging world we live in.