Hasse started Idade Dos Lilazes - Fluido - Fluido jazz drums at the age of 9 and continued playing drums for 8 years. Inat 12 years of age, he joined a jazz band which never performed in public. On September 1st a serious car accident broke Hasse's left arm, and he underwent surgery which resulted in steel implants. This forced him to stop playing for several years, but a second surgical procedure in restored his playing ability.
Extensive tours followed in Scandinavia, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. This solo is considered a classic in Finnish guitar music, and the track has since been used in several feature films and documentaries. Hasse recorded two more albums with Piirpauke in the mid 70's, and one in after a European tour. Hasse Walli had worked as a studio musician sinceand also worked as a teacher in guitar playing, o. He eventually quit all these activities Diamono Neexna - Hasse Walli & Asamaan - The Best Of Hasse Walli & Asamaan (Super Mbalax De Sénégal) the mid 70's to concentrate fully on creative work.
This led to a disastrous financial situation for several years, but Hasse never regretted the decision. In Hasse started leading his own bands. In summer Hasse played a two week festival in Havanna, Cuba, and had a chance to play with several of the great Cuban bands.
This was a turning point for Hasse, and he started an intense study of Senegalese music. From onwards Hasse spent the winters in Senegal, West Africa, studying the local music.
He also learned by frequently jamming with the bands in the nightclubs of the capital Dakar. The first engagement for the band was a two month residence in Dakar at Club RK 1, later known by the names Alize and Madison. There the band played every night during April and Mayrefining the sound.
Hasse had already prepared for the first tour in Finland, Europe. The main events were the concerts at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. The band also held their first course in Sabar drumming there, which later was followed by another during The Sibelius Academy of Music also arranged a course in The band also played regularly at a club in Helsinki, filling the place with an astounded audience, eager to dance to the new rhythms.
In Hasse formed a completely new line up of Asamaan which means "the sky" in Wolof language. It also included the song "Bamba", which became a huge hit in Senegal. Hasse Walli was the first musician to bring modern urban African music to Finland and Estonia, and his 8-piece Senegalese band toured Finland and Sweden widely betweenand also played concerts in London in The economical crisis of hit Finland hard, and resulted in mass unemployment especially among young people.
This Diamono Neexna - Hasse Walli & Asamaan - The Best Of Hasse Walli & Asamaan (Super Mbalax De Sénégal) it impossible to arrange a 6th tour in Scandinavia with Asamaan. The studio is equipped with state of the art analog equipment, including vintage Neumann microphones and EMT stereo reverbs. The band then went on an extensive tour in Diamono Neexna - Hasse Walli & Asamaan - The Best Of Hasse Walli & Asamaan (Super Mbalax De Sénégal) in Julyto celebrate Hasse's 40 year anniversary as a performing artist.
Recently, inHasse formed a new band in Demons (Radio Edit) - Battle - Demons with top Senegalese musicians. This band aims to make more fusion and synthesis of styles in Mbalax music. Pioneering work, and several "firsts": Hasse was the first guitarist in his country to do real improvisation on stage inwith his band Blues Section, and was first in presenting modern blues and rock guitar sound with harmonic distortion.
From onwards, Hasse was the first studio guitarist in Finland to play with modern rock guitar sounds. Blues Section's second single, "Hey Hey Hey"had the first guitar feedback ever recorded in Finland. Blues Section's first LP album was the first of its kind in Finland to be totally based on the members' own song Furball - Spacegirl, with most songs written by singer Jim Pembroke later of Wigwam fame and Hasse Walli.
Inwith the ground breaking group Piirpauke, Hasse developed a completely new style of guitar playing, which fitted the folk music base of the band.
It was modal in nature, based mostly on so-called natural scales, which are found in folk music of many cultures all over the world, as well as in European church music. He soon formed the first band in his country that played real "One Drop Reggae" style on a professional level. In Hasse was in Havanna, Cuba, on a two week series of festival performances. There he was overwhelmed by the Afro-Cuban rhythms, jammed with several local bands, and became the first Finnish electric guitarist to seriously study Cuban music.
Having heard modern urban music from Senegal in for the first time, Hasse embarked on a long journey into West African music. Having studied the music at home for three years from records and cassettes, Hasse finally travelled to Dakar for the first time in January There he played with the local bands practically every night.
Behind him he had 9 years of studying these tricky polyrhythms, and now he brought his new band to Europe, being the first musician to bring real virtuoso urban Senegalese music to Finland.
Hasse Walli is known to be the first white musician to master the tricky polyrhythmic structures of the modern Senegalese Mbalax style of music, which is based on the traditional drumming of the Wolofs. Hasse's skills include mastering the local styles of lead and rhythm guitars, as well as composing and arranging the music. He has also brought new harmonies and structures that were not present in Mbalax music before.
Hasse Walli was the first to play Senegalese music on the radio in Finland. Since Hasse has worked as an independent record producer. The award is presented to an individual, company or association who has excelled in bringing different cultures together, and breaking down racial barriers and prejudices. This was the 5th time that the Villa Karo Bronze panther cultural award has been presented. Hasse Walli has been collaborating with African musicians for 25 years.
Having spent lengthy periods of time in Senegal, Hasse was a big part of the cultural bridge that was fused between both Finland and Senegal. Thanks to Hasse's hard work and dedication, the Mbalax music from Senegal became well known in Finland long before it became a world-wide phenomenon with the very well respected musical artist Youssou N'Dour. The award was handed Song And Dance - The Bionics - Solid Silver at a reception at Katajanokan Kasino in Helsinki.
Hasse Walli is one of the most versatile guitarists in Europe, and he has performed worldwide in more than 20 countries. For more information on Hasse Walli, please go to www. There is also a wealth of videos at www.
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