Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis might be nearly forgotten nowadays, but they have
has been one of the most influential bands in Guinea during the 1960s and 1970s. Soon after Guinea's
independence, the 25-piece National Orchestra had so many talented members, that it was decided to make two orchestras
of it, l'Orchestre de la Paillote under the direction of Kélétigui Traoré,
playing in the club La Paillote, and l'Orchestre Jardin de Guinée under the direction of
Balla Onivogui, playing in Le Jardin de Guinée. After a while, l'Orchestre de la Paillote was renamed in
Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis. l'Orchestre Jardin de Guinée became
Balla et ses Balladins.
Still as Orchestre de la Paillote, two albums were released in the early 1960s. As Tambourinis, two albums were
released in the 1972 (« Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis ») and
1976 (« Le retour »), with popular songs
« Maderi » and
« Maxi Mirimagni ».
The music of Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis is what can be expected of the Guinean orchestras of their era:
big band sound, passionate singing and, especially in the case of the Tambourinis, great guitars.
Various band members have now passed away, and band leader Kélétigui Traoré died on
11 November 2008 at the age of 74. Linké Condé took over as band leader.
Tambourini's second album 'le retour'
Members of the Tambourinis (as mentioned on Le retour, source: Justin Morel Junior):
Kélétigui Traoré (passed away 11 November 2008): chef d'orchestre, tenor sax;
Linké Condé: solo guitar;
Sékou Condé: rhythm guitar;
Kandé Sylla: 2nd rhythm guitar;
Djeli Moussa Kouyaté: bass;
Momo Wandel Soumah (passed away in June 2003): sax;
Bigné Doumbouya: alt sax;
Kerfalla Camara: trumpet;
Sourakata Camara: drums;
Benjamin Diawara: tumba;
Talibé Traoré: trumpet;
Manfila Kanté Dabadou (passed away in May 2002), Ange Miguel, Abdoul Karim, Babadian Kaba: vocals
Created: 1964, as the house band of the Paillote Club
Style: mandingo music