Alyoon, de son vrai nom Alioune Cissé est originaire du Sénégal.
Avec un père diplomate travaillant pour l'ONU, Alyoon passe son enfance entre le Rwanda, la Somalie, Le Soudan, le Zaïre et bien d'autres...
Bercé par des rythmes africains et amoureux de la musique, il grandit en écoutant et en s'inspirant d'artistes tels que Tracy Chapman, Otis Redding, Ray Charles ou encore Bob Marley pour la profondeur de ses textes.
Après avoir monté plusieurs groupes passant du rock au gospel et avoir enregistré un premier album très éclectique(dont un titre sélectionné pour l’album Francophonie 2006), Alyoon y puise l'expérience nècessaire pour trouver sa voix , "Un croisement entre Otis Redding et Youssou N'Dour"(le quotidien l'Est Républicain), "Un brin poète,un brin rêveur il nous entaine dans un univers multiple forcément différent"(magazine Cité Black),"Le chanteur nous invite dans son univers aux couleurs pop-blues et africaines qui nous renvoient aux réalités de ce monde"(Planète Jeune numéro 77), à mi-chemin entre l'Afrique et l'Occident, de la vraie variété internationale.
Alyoon, which is a derivative of his real name Alioune Cissé come originally from Senegal.
With his father working as a diplomat for the UN, Alyoon Spent his childhood moving from Rwanda to Somalia, Sudan, Zaire and a host of other countries.
Captivated by the African rhythms and in love with the music, he grew up listening to and inspired by artists such as Bob Marley, Otis Redding and Ray Charles, and impressed by the depth of Tracy Chapman's lyrics.
Having put together a number of groups ranging from rock to gospel and recording an initial very eclectic album, Alyoon gained the experience he needed to discover his own voice, that of “Afro-Soul”.
“Across between Otis Redding and Youssou N'dour” (L'est daily newspaper),”Part poet, part dreamer ,he leads us into a completely different multiple universe”(Cite Black Magazine), “The singer invites us to enter his universe with its pop-blues and African influences that remind us of the realities of this world”(Planète Jeune), half way between Africa and the western world, a genuinely international mix.
His songs recall various periods in his life; he finds inspirations in his daily life, which each title his own humour and influences despite the presence of distinctly Afro sounds: So in “Dilemma” he gives his vision of night life, in “Melinda” he sings about his three years old Senegalese -Sicilian daughter and “faire de nos vies des romans”(“Turn our lives into novels”) depicts his separation with his wife.
In his lyrics Alyoon offers a highly critical view of politics and speaks of love with an objectivity that his audience can identify with. In addition to his very distinctive voice, his audience is moved by his evocation of lost or disappointed love and his objective attitude to political life.
He combines “Sad song” with “happy song”(two seminal works by Otis Redding) When he moves us with his song “Nomads” or carries us away with “Aminata” an adaptation of “Stand by me” sung in Wolof, a Senegalese dialect.
With great presence and passion he draws his audience into his colourful and vibrant world... Close your eyes tightly and listen to the call of his “Afro-Soul” which cannot fail to move you…