22nd March 2012 : 7.30pm
Samba Sene was born in Senegal but moved to Scotland ten years ago. He writes his own material and sings in French, English and Wolof. His style is strongly influenced by international music from Jazz, Latino, Caribbean, Pop, Rock, Blues and Traditionnal music from Senegal. He is mainly influenced when writing by the like of Baaba Maal (with whom he studied before leaving Senegal), Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, Omar Pene, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dubbe, Xalam II, Souleymane Faye, Senemali, Camille Ndiaye, Missal Group, Manu Dibango, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, UB 40, Aswad. He is a charismatic singer, with a broad appeal, from serious world music fans to audiences who just want to dance to the beats.