Singer/songwriter/percussionist Idrissa Diop is a native of Senegal who has resided in France for many years.

Singer/songwriter/percussionist Idrissa Diop is a native of Senegal who has resided in France for many years. Diop's sound has developed in a very worldly atmosphere, and for anyone not familiar with his previous work, Yakar may feel surprisingly un-African. Diop has been heavily influenced by Afrobeat, funk, jazz, and Latin dance, as well as the French chanson tradition. His music is truly fusion, and he seems to be comfortable, stylistically, in whatever he's doing at the moment. Still, it isn't difficult to hear Fela Kuti's influence in all this, and it might also be said that Diop has taken the West African preoccupation with Cuban music to its logical conclusion. One thing is certain: Yakar successfully captures the joyful, dizzying, eclecticism of Diop's unique musical vibe. Racked in the U.S. by Allegro.—PVV