Aly “Alisco” Diabate was born in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. Aly comes from a Djeli family. In West African culture, Djeli are the keepers of history, storytellers, musicians, and praise singers reminding people of their ancestors' powerful past in order to inspire those living in the present.
Spirit in the Wood. Conrad Kubiak is a master drum maker whose designs are inspired by instruments from W. Africa and Latin America as well as Native American shaminic traditions. Ashikos djembes and the digeridoo are among the instruments Kubiak builds and plays. Spirit in the Wood sells both Kubiak's original instruments and traditional ones which he refurbishes and re-tunes. In the Ivory Coast it is said; "A drummer gives rhythm to a "