was born in the small town of Divo and the day of her birth,
her grand-grandmother died. Before she died she had a dream that Manou would be a gifted musician. Manou had an early
preference for rhythm and as a child, she was always banging on pots and pans. When the drummer at a funeral
ceremony doesn't show up, the 8 years old Manou climbs on a chair and starts playing the big Atombra
talking drums. The villagers are shocked as women weren't supposed to touch these drums, but also because she
played as if she was guided by the ancestors.
At age of 12, she participated in the Vacances-cultures
, cultural holidays organised by the government.
Whenever she performed, people were thrilled. One year later, in 1985, she was asked to join the group Woya
perform with them as a junior member. The band becomes a super group and toured extensively in West Africa from 1985 until 1989 with tremendous success.
In the band, she found in Marcelin Yacé
a musical father, and she got acquainted to modern
instruments. Here she started playing the electric bass. When Woya
breaks up, Manou follows Yacé to Abidjan
and in 1993, she went living in the Pan-African cultural village Ki-Yi-M'Bock
where she stayed for three years.
Through contacts she made during her stay in Ki-Yi-Mbock with Michel de Bock
she was finally invited
to become the bassist of Zap Mama
, the afro-vocal group led by Marie Daulne
also spent some time. In 1999, she performed once with
Les Tambours de Brazza
, and by that time she was well known in the European World Music Festivals scene.
In 2001, she set up her own band Le Djiboi
, and in Brussels where she now lives, she starts to compose
her own songs. Her debut album, « Dida »
, was released in Germany in 2003,
and became be widely available throughout Europe in 2004.
as Manou N'Guessan Gallo on 31 August 1972, in Divo, Western Côte d'Ivoire