is a guitar player as well as player of kora and ngoni living in Japan.
Born in Mali, he started playing guitar at age of eleven by copying note for note from favourite songs from
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton or Santana. Later, he got inspired by Malian guitar heros like Djelimady Tounkara
and Guinean Ousmane Kouyaté
Whilst a student at the EN.SUP college in Bamako where he studied English, he played in the Bamasaba Band
by 1982, he was asked to play in the Rail Band
. Later, he also played occasionally with
, Oumou Sangaré
and Nahawa Doumbia
In 1986, he settled in Paris, where he worked with Kassemady Diabaté
and again Nahawa Doumbia
He became the lead guitarist of Salif Keita
's band in 1988, and toured extensively.
A visit to Japan made a profound impression and he decided to settle definitively in this country.
The beginnings were difficult in a country where there were hardly any African musicians but slowly he managed
to put himself forward. In September 1993, he created his band Mandinka where is he surrounded by Japanese musicians. On
a first acoustic album, « Sobe »
, Malian and Japanese traditional instruments are combined, the album
is now a collectors item outside of Japan. He and his band signed up with a major record company in Japan, JVC,
in 1995 and until now, they released two albums, and a maxi-single « Birds »