Djénéba & Fousco
is a young couple that is representing a young African generation, with
its hopes, dreams and strong belief in a better future.
comes from a griot
family with a long history in mastering the art of the djeli, combining knowledge of Malian history with preserving the musical heritage of the
Mandé region. In 2010, she won a music contest on national TV, the « Tounkagouna »
, or Fousco in short, follows the lineage of singer-songwriters from the same region of Mali, called
, in the West of Mali, with its main city Kayes. With his warm voice, and subtle guitar playing,
his style reminds of Habib Koité
Boubacar 'Kar Kar' Traoré
. Fousco won the same music contest, the
« Tounkagouna »
a year later and that is where he met Djénéba.
They discovered that their voices were more than concordant and eventually they married in 2012.
In 2017, Djénéba & Fousco participated in the second season of the TV show l'Afrique a Un Incroyable Talent
(Africa's got Talent), which was shown in various francophone countries in West Africa,
where they made it to the semi-final. By then, things were set for a first album, « Kayeba Khasso »
that was released in February 2018. On the album there is a mix of tradition and modernity, with songs about the suffering of migrants,
about young people having a good time, but also a nostalgic song about their hometown Kayes,
« Kayeba Khasso »