Mamou Sidibé

Mamou Sidibé is another exponent of a young generation of singers from the south of Mali, this time from the Ganadugu region. Daughter of a balafon player (her father) and a famous singer (her mother), the music was an integral part of her education. As a child, she sang during festivities in her village, and later also to encourage farmers during the work on the fields.

Mamou, however, had her mind set on a professional career in music and went to Bamako. At the end of the 1980s, she sang as backing vocal with Oumou Sangaré. Nearly 10 years later, she signed up with Mali K7 for a first album « Nakan » (1999), that was released internationally in 2001 on the French Cobalt label. The album was a success in the West African region and also brought her to the Africolor Festival in Saint-Denis (near Paris) in December 2000.

The music of Mamou Sidibé can be described as a modernised wassoulou style and much along the same lines as the Mali-techno of Issa Bagayogo, and much under the influence of recording engineer Yves Wernert. This gave her the surname of "techno-Mamou". In April 2003, a second album has been released in Mali, musically more diverse, using more traditional instruments, and on following albums, she focused more on a traditional setting.
Mamou Sidibé
  Mamou Sidibé

• Musicians on "Nakan":
Mamou Sidibé vocals
Moussa Koné guitar
Boua Diakité kamele ngoni
Moussa Kanouté karignan
Ramata Diakité backing vocals
Adama Traoré calebasse
Yves Wernert keyboard, bass

Born: in the Ganadougou region
Style: wassoulou music

Title Year Label Remarks
Bassemory 2013 Believe / Disquekoné Digital release
Kanakoroto 2009 Believe / SMD Sega Production Digital release
Djougouya 2007 Akwaaba Music (Digital release 2009)
Mussoya 2003 Mali K7 S.A.
Nakan 2001 Cobalt 09299-2

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Page added May 2003