Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Elage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996.
His music – a blend of pop, world, blues and asiko – thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel and Andres Cepeda. The musicality of the Wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue.
"My music is for the whole world to enjoy. It touches the heart, whatever the language. With upbeat songs that combine many cultures' influences, sounds that are warm, with good dancing rhythms, sounds that make you want to move and feel great. That is what I want for myself, my family, my planet."
— Elage Diouf
Wholehearted in his artistic approach, charismatic, authentic and easygoing in his personal as well as his public life, people love him, and he clearly loves them back. The warmth and remarkable quality of his voice as well as his varied influences make him a very unique artist.
His innumerable collaborations brought about his joining, as a featured performer, the world tour of the DELIRIUM show produced by the CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, during which he gained an unparalleled scenic experience (more than 200 shows in the largest cities around the globe).
A renowned star in his native Senegal, he made a name for himself in Canada in 2010 with his first solo album, "Aksil". This album received many accolades, namely the JUNO Awards (Best World Music Album of the Year – CANADA) and the FÉLIX for the Best World Music Album ("Meilleur album de musiques du monde" ADISQ – Québec). Elage was named "Artiste Révélation Radio-Canada" by the national public broadcaster (CBC) and also received the "Galaxie Rising Star Award" for his performance at the Mundial Montreal show. His live performances are noticed thanks to his knack at inciting public participation by dancing, by singing, and by inviting people to come up on stage and dance with him.
In 2015, Elage will launch his awaited second solo album, "Melokane", "reflection" in Wolof.
The album, co-produced by Elage and Alain Bergé, will be filled with irresistible rhythms – fans will bask in waves of contagious euphoria.
A tour is planned in Canada and the United States in 2015, and will continue in Europe in 2016.
About his show:
— QuébecSpot Média
"A voice filled with sunshine"
— ICI/24 heures
About his music:
"Irresistible" "… simply stunning"
— Ralph Boncy, VOIR/7 jours
"Diouf's strong vocals and the folky, melodic, quirky varied bits and pieces that make up Montreal'
— The Gazette