Mamady Keïta started playing percussion on his mother's kitchen
pans, before he could even walk. As everyone in his village recognised his talent, his mother
allowed him to learn to be a djembefola. At age of seven, he appeared in a movie with
Harry Belafonte, Africa Dance.
In 1964, he was admitted to the National Ballet
Djoliba, where he became artistic director in 1979. Seven years later, he travelled to Belgium,
where he would live for many years, giving percussion lessons, and recording with his group Sewa
Kan. He is generally seen as one of the best djembefola world-wide.
Born: 1 August 1950 in Balandougou, Wassolon region, North Guinea
Died: 21 June 2021 in Brussels, Belgium
Style: Percussion (Djembe)