Aiyb Dieng

Aiyb Dieng, a Senegalese drummer/percussionist, is Aiyb Dieng. He has recorded and worked frequently with Bill Laswell. Born and raised in Senegal, he is now a professional musician. He was 14 years old when he started playing professionally in a band with nine of his relatives. His first album credit was on Brian Eno’s 1980 Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, Dieng playing percussion on conga drums as well as a clay drum called the ghatam. He worked soon after with Masabumi Kikichi on Susto. Mick Jagger’s solo album, She’s The Boss, Dieng was also a part of his band. Other noteworthy credits include work with Yoko Ono (singer/composer/artist), Bill Laswell (producer/bassist/guitarist), William S. Burroughs (beatnik author), Bob Marley (reggae singer) and Ginger Baker (jazz-rock drummer). Dieng was a teacher of African drumming at Woodstock’s Creative Music Studio, New York in his early years. He performed with Karl Berger at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall. Dieng introduced the chatan. It was featured on Herbie Hancock’s 1984 album Sound-System. The material was written by him for his 1997 album Rhythmagick. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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