Élage Mbaye

From Senegal, West Africa, Elage arrived in Canada with his family in 1986. A descendant of a large griot family, Elage started to play traditional percussion instruments and rhythms at 8 years old.         He met Les Frères Diouf, in Montreal in 1999; he performed with them in the Nuits d’Afrique festival and other events. From 2002 to 2009, Elage toured five times nationally and once internationally as part of the award-winning world music ensemble, Mighty Popo.

For the past ten years, Elage and his band have performed at numerous festivals and concert venues.  He has collaborated and performed with a wide range of artists, including Lynn Milles, Jim Bryson, Lucie Idlout, Sarah Hallman and Souljazz Orchestra.

Elage released his first solo album, Aksane, in 2010 in collaboration with Abdou Sy.  He released his second solo album, Diame (peace), on October 23, 2014.  It features songs in French, English and Wolof, inspired by various periods in his life and feelings of sorrow, joy, poverty, prosperity and betrayal.



Elage also offers african percussion workshops.