Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité

Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité is one of Sweden’s most well-known and respected hip-hop artists who has performed to audiences all over the world. He is also an acclaimed writer: in his bestseller book “En Droppe Midnatt” (“A Drop of Midnight”) Jason tracks his family’s history from the slave plantations in South Carolina to the welfare state Sweden.

Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité is one of Sweden’s most well-known and respected hip-hop artist. He released his first music in 1996 and has since released 9 solo albums and numerous singles of which the vast majority have reached Gold or Platinum status! His accolades also include eight Swedish Grammy awards, and four P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards.

Jason wrote and released his first book, the critically acclaimed “En Droppe Midnatt” (“A Drop of Midnight”). It has sold more than 120,000 copies in Sweden (which is more than 1% of the entire Swedish population!) and it entered the sales charts in both Sweden (#4) and Norway. A subsequent edition came out in English through Amazon Publishing. In “A Drop of Midnight” Jason tracks his family’s history from the slave plantations in South Carolina to the welfare state Sweden. It’s a gripping tale of ancestry, identity, resistance, racism and a longing to belong. In the fall of 2017 “En Droppe Midnatt” was turned into a hugely successful stage performance that continued well into spring and fall of 2018. The stage performance will premiere at Harlem Stage in New York on June 6th , 2022. Timbuktu has hosted several shows on national Swedish radio, received a Nordic language award and performed for audiences all over the world, from various corners of Africa to Svalbard, from the legendary Apollo in NYC to the Roxy in LA, at the Polar Music Prize and at the Nobel Peace Prize. Together with the organization Plan he also built a studio (Studio Timbuktu) in Dakar, Senegal to give the kids in the slums of Dakar the opportunity to produce and record music.

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