has been known among insiders as the guitarist of
. In fact, an encounter with a music teacher
triggered his interest in guitar playing around 1970 when he was in his early twenties. He worked
as a primary school teacher in Bougouni during the 1970s until 1988, but started his musical
activities in 1980 accompanying Nahawa Doumbia
who also just started singing.
He learnt playing guitar mainly by listening to the kamalen n'goni, a Malian instrument with 8
strings and a large calabash as a resonance box. The style he plays is inspired by the rhythm of
the didadi, the music of Bougouni, and it is this combination of blues (kamalen n'goni) and swing
(didadi) which makes his first album so attractive. The album consists of five instrumental songs
and five songs accompanied by three female singers from the Wassoulou area, Nahawa Doumbia
Ramata Doussou Bagayoko
(his daughter) and
. The music is recorded in an intimate setting at N'Gou's house. The guitar has been put in the forefront,
the voices are adding colour, and the sparse use of subsidiary instruments is stressing
the lightness and transparency of the recordings.