Francisco Diaphra is a musician, MC and multimedia artist based in Lisbon. He is a native of Guinea-Bissau, and he creates a music which mixes rhythms from West Africa, poetry, jazz and hip hop influences.
He took part to the albums and european tours of Batida, an angolan afro-electro artist also accompanied by Zutique Productions. In july 2015, he released the first album of his solo project : « Diaphra’s Blackbook of the beats » on the label Mental Groove.
The purpose of AF Diaphra’s project is to build his instrumentals outdoors, in places which inspires him. He only travels with a backpack, some vinyls, a turn table and a sampler. A big part of his compositions includes improvisation, tryout and mistakes.
He shows this whole process in his 30 minutes film which comes along with his album. We see him walking in the streets of Lisbon, climbing up stairs, and searching for a good place to shape his own world.
« I may have no possessions, but here lies everything one needs. » Alexandre Francisco Diaphra
"EVMS", the second album of AF Diaphra, will be released this year !
« Black book of the beat. Un de ces concepts-albums un peu magiques et organiques, qui s’écoute d’un trait, nous emmenant dans une sorte de voyage sonore psychédélique, passant du jazz expérimental, au beat abstrait d’un hip-hop planant, tout en laissant leurs places aux erreurs et autres essais, avec par dessus ce doux bruit, la voix d’Alexandre Francisco Diaphra, égrainant les mots, de sa poésie lusophone, en parlant, en rappant, et en chantant. » Djolo
AF Diaphra : MC, machines, video
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