Balvada, or Alioune Dieng, is a rapper originally from Dakar, Senegal, and who we are so excited to welcome to our 4 Nations United Sundown event on Friday 28th of April. With a love for music, and rap in particular, from an early age, he has now devoted his life to music. After some success with a band made up of childhood friends in the early 2000s, Balvada began his solo career in 2004. The music Balvada writes explore the problems that face Senegalese society, with a particular focus on the living conditions of those living in the suburbs. Balvada is an active member of the label Def Dara Squad which brings together the big names in Hip Hop across Senegal and Africa Culture Urbaine, one of the largest cultural organisations that drives the Hip Hop movement of Senegal. 

Check out his Facebook page here and get a taster of his music here!

Appearing on various radio shows, stages and festivals including the World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar in 2011, Balvada is really experienced in performing and we can’t wait to see and hear what he has to offer for us in Edinburgh!

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