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Born into a family of drummer-composers dating back to his great-grandfather, Donald Dogbo was introduced to the drums at a very young age. He joined several groups where he developed his talent and began touring all over Africa. In 2002, Dogbo further intensively trained at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle in Abidjan. In 2004, Dogbo moved to Senegal and became Didier Awadi’s drummer. While touring with Awadi for several years, Dogbo continued to independently work with and be influenced by many other renowned African artists such as Mao Otayeck, former conductor for Alpha Blondy and guitarist for Stevie Wonder. Dogbo continued to tour in Africa, Europe, and North America for the next decade. In 2014, Dogbo immigrated to Canada, where he immediately integrated and excelled in the Montreal and larger Canadian artistic scenes. He has had the opportunity to record with artists such as Elage Diouf, Zal Sissokho, Wesli, Djely Tapa, Just Wôan and Ilam. In March 2020, he began his own musical project entitled “Coubli”, which means “adventurer” in his native language Bété. Through this project, Dogbo has sought to further develop the marriage between the traditional rhythms of Central Africa, West Africa, Jazz and fusion catalyzed by his various musical and cultural encounters from Africa until his arrival here in Quebec. The release of his first album is scheduled for July 2021.

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