Kantala, born Abdoulaye Traoré, hails from Bobo-Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso.
Of Senufo ethnicity, his family does not reveal to the young Abdoulaye the fact that his grandfather, Donso, was actually a musician,
and Kantala therefore had to learn all by himself to play
a variety of instruments. Eventually he chooses the kora and the n'goni. He develops a style of his own, tafdjani,
mixing traditional Senufo music with modern styles, such as blues, pop, salsa and reggae.
He started to perform in 1998, and he made several albums, such as « BaKô, l'autre rive »
(2006), « Dounouya » (2010) and an EP
« AfriK » released in 2015.
Kantala toured in West Africa (Niger, Senegal), and also in Europe, more precisely in France, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and in 2013.
He also composed music for movies, for example for the movie « L'enfant des autres »
by O. Nikiéma (2009), for documentaries and for publicity spots.
In 2016, Kantala made a new single « Ites Green and Gold (Yiriba) » featuring
Jamaican Winston Mc Anuff.
Born: 1976, as Abdoulaye Traoré
Style: tafdjani, afro-blues, afro-pop, afro-folk