Sékouba Bambino Diabaté
was born in a griot family, as his
mother Mariama Samoura was a famous griot. Unfortunately she died when Sekouba was only 3 years old, shortly after she
had divorced from Sekouba's father. Although his father was against a musical career for Sekouba, he started nevertheless
singing in 1972, apparently for several bands, among others in the Revolution Band
During one of the numerous singing contests in Conakry, a young Sekouba sang Salif Keita
« Mandjou »
, a song dedicated to Sekou Touré
Guinea's president whose policy it was (among other, much less beneficial, measures) to promote African culture.
Around 1980, President Touré requested that "the boy from Siguiri", at the time only 16 years old,
should replace Bembeya Jazz
lead singer Aboubakar Demba Camara
who found a tragic death in 1973.
stayed with Bembeya until 1989 and he then started a solo career.
In this, he has succeeded perhaps more than anyone else in Guinea, as his status as one of the best singers in the country
is beyond discussion until today. After a few albums, he released the album
« Sinikan »
, recorded with the help of the producer of Salif Keita's album
« Soro »
, François Bréant, and was aiming at an international
International success came even more when he recorded and performed with Panafrican salsa band
, with a first song on
« Gombo Salsa »
, and as a full member on their 2000
album « Mandali »
(released in France as
« Betece »
also participated in Syllart's Mandekalou
where famous West African artists were invited to revisit classic Mandingo repertoire and which resulted in two albums.