started singing at the age of 8 years old. In her neighbourhood Saladié
in Bamako she was known as a solo singer, and from 1984 to 1990, she participated in the bi-annual cultural
festivals known as the Biennales Artistiques Culturelles du Mali
. She was 'discovered' by producer
Ali Maikano, but the two went separate ways later on. Nontheless, a first album,
« Tiéba »
, produced by Maikano turned out to be a hit.
After that, she released several cassettes in Mali.
performed at the prestigious Africolor Festival in 1999 near Paris (Saint Denis). In 2000-2001,
she participated in the Mali Dambé Foly, la symphonie bambara
Tour, together with
, Neba Solo
, Djigui Traoré
and Sibiri Samaké
. She also featured
as backing vocal on Djeneba Seck
« Djourou »
« The Truth »
Nanou Coul's style is closer to bambara music in the style of the big orchestras than to griot music, which could be explained
by the fact that she is not from a griot family (the Coulibaly family is a noble clan). She sings in Bambara
and in Soninké about women, children and educational issues.