was born in Kissidougou in the Kankan region of Guinea.
His father, Ibrahim Khalil Baro, was a prominent islamic teacher (marabout)
and his mother,
Samatenin Touré, nurtured him with her fula (Peul) culture. Fodé's mixed origin (his father being
malinké) broadened his horizon, but his first interest in music, inspired by the great and late
Aboubacar Demba Camara
(of Bembeya Jazz
was stopped by his family as both parents are of noble descent, who are not supposed to sing or make music.
In addition, the long tradition of his father's family in engaging in islamic teaching played a significant role in
rejecting his musical activities. These activities, nevertheless, had already took off when he was a teenager and he
played percussion, n'goni and guitar at various occasions including cocktail parties at the presidential palace.
Because of the difficulties with his family, Fodé quit school and left for Sierra Leone and Liberia. During those
difficult years, a French priest helped him out and teached him to read musical notes,
and Fodé even sang in a church choir.
In 1985, Fodé Baro returns to Guinea where he met Myriam Makeba
, who introduced him to
her daughter Bongi Makeba
who was looking for a bass player in her band. For a period of
8 months, Fodé played with Bongi during her European tour, and they made an album together. The untimely death of
put an early end to this fruitful cooperation,
and Fodé entered the band Les Messagers
of Mory Findian.