Old African Music

Super Diamono – Sofia

Super Diamono or Super Diamono de Dakar was a ten-member band from Dakar, Senegal.

Sofia appears on a cassette “Vol. 5” in 1981 with Ismaël Lô.

It was formed around 1975. Omar Pene was a founding-member.
It started with traditional West African music, but quickly turned to an Afro-Cuban and pop-influenced sound.
In 1979, Ismaël Lô, a co-founder of the group, rejoined the band as a guitar player, but soon left again for his solo career.
Youssou N’Dour was also a member of the band which he joined when he was 15 years old.

According to Billboard Magazine, it was Senegal’s “first truly local pop style.” Many of the former members who later became solo artists made their break-through from this band.