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Bembeya Jazz National (originally known as Orchestre de Beyla) is a Guinean jazz group that gained fame in the 1960s for their Afropop rhythms. They are considered one of the most significant bands in Guinean music. Many of their recordings are based on traditional folk music in the country and have been fused with jazz and Afropop style. Featuring guitarist Sekou 'Diamond Fingers' Diabaté, who grew up in a traditional griot musical family, the band won over fans in Conakry, Guinea's capital city, during the heady days of that country's newfound independence. Bembeya Jazz fell onto harder times in the 1980s and disbanded for a number of years, but reformed in the late 1990s and has toured Europe and North America in the early 2000s.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Spécial Recueil-Souvenir (Mémoire de Aboubacar Demba Camara) Bembeya Jazz National 1
2000 Parade Africaine Bembeya Jazz National 1
2004 Bembeya Bembeya Jazz 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 The Syliphone Years Bembeya Jazz National 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 10 ans de succès Bembeya Jazz National 4

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Regard sur le Passé Bembeya Jazz National 2
African Classics Bembeya Jazz National 1
Defi & Continuite Bembeya Jazz National 1
Hommage à Demba Camara Bembeya Jazz National 1

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