One of Canada's leading performers, Alpha Yaya Diallo, leads off this fall's Chilliwack Community Arts Council's 2011-2012 concert series.
In addition to Diallo, this season's lineup includes The Sojourners, Ndidi Onukwulu, and Caladh Nua.
Diallo is a self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter who is a true multicultural artist. His band, Bafing, features high-energy African rhythms, visually captivating dancers and a hypnotic percussion section.
Diallo's dextrous guitar-players, fluid melodies and compelling grooves make the excitement of his live show something not to be missed.
Next up is Vancouver-based gospel trio The Sojourners comprised of seasoned soul men Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, and Ron Small. Each member's distinct vocals come together to breathe new life into classic tunes. With echoes of doo-wop, R&B, country and blues, their soulful harmonies will make you a believer.
Third in the lineup is Ndidi Onukwulu. Born of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Onukwulu's music explores a diverse range of sounds and styles. Her unique, sublime sound represents a distinctly Canadian experience to be savoured. Wrapping up the season is the traditional Irish band Caladh Nua, comprised of five musicians from three neighbouring Irish counties. The band's special repertoire and energy is guaranteed to capture audiences of all generations. Experience traditional Irish dance music and songs as well as more recently composed pieces, all creating the perfect balance between innovation and preservation of Ireland's wonderful music.
? The 2011-2012 Chilliwack Concert Series is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre located at 9201 Corbould St. Performance dates for the series are: Alpha Yaya Diallo on Oct. 8, The Sojourners on Jan. 28, 2012, Ndidi Onukwulu on Feb. 24, 2012 and Caladh Nua on March 21, 2012. All concerts begin at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets are $31.92 including taxes and facility fees, or $110.88 including taxes and facility fees for all four shows. For tickets call the centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or visit in-person Monday to Friday, 9: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.