Alpha and The Princes of Futa

Alpha Diallo, a Guinean human rights lawyer, has been involved in theater and musical performance since his arrival in the U.S. in 2000. He wrote The Wind Blew, which was performed at the University of Chicago Theater in 2001 as a part of the Antigone Project. As a musician, he explores his musical roots with his band The Princes of Futa. His main source of inspiration comes from the Wolof and Fula cultures of West Africa.

Through African beat and jazz, the Princes of Futa try to reconcile modern and traditional African culture while also embracing the musical multiplicity of the U.S. To audiences as varied as those frequenting the Green Mill, Darkroom, Morseland, the Subterranean, and various festivals across Chicago, his songs speak of peace, love, and justice. Alpha Diallo believes that human diversity will lead to a better world, and the Princes of Futa reflect that diversity, which, after all, is what America is all about.

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