Pape Diouf & la Generation Consciente will be performing with opening acts and guest artists from West Africa in a cultural exchange to share the music and culture of Senegal and The Gambia.
“If Youssou N'Dour has a successor, it's Pape Cheikh Diouf.” - Richard Gehr, Village Voice
A veteran of the West African musical group Lemzo Diamono, Senegalese superstar Pape Cheikh Diouf and his la Génération Consciénte Band have methodically revitalized Dakar’s classic m’balax sound since his emergence as a solo artist twenty years prior. More than just a prolific hit maker in his own country, Diouf draws on his family’s ancient griot traditions to sing about life, love, and the Wolof ideal of “teranga” – mutual respect, acceptance and hospitality - that is at the very core of Senegalese life.
Pape Diouf's moving music, captivating voice and charismatic stage presence have earned him a string of hits, including 2011’s multi-million stream smash "Bèguè” which made him a bona fide international superstar. His 2014 album, Rakkaaju on Prince Arts Records, was released to massive critical and popular acclaim, cementing Diouf’s place in the first rank of Dakar musical royalty. Pape Diouf has since played headliner performances across the world. In 2018, he made history when he performed at the inaugural African concert presented by SummerStage in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, then headlined at the Accor Hotels Arena at Bercy in Paris, where he drew an audience of over 15,000 fans. He has also performed at such notable venues as Harlem's Alhambra Ballroom, Chicago's legendary Old Town School of Music, and many more. In Philadelphia, Pape Diouf was honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for his contribution to Africa’s musical heritage and support for the underprivileged in Senegal. Diouf's newest album will be released in early 2019.