is internationally known as the long-time musical companion of
He was a son of a Toucouleur (Haalpulaar) griot family, and since his childhood, he was a close friend of Baaba Maal. His learnt to play the
traditional string instruments like the hoddu
, but he preferred the guitar.
In 1977, he co-founded together with Baaba and Mbassou Niang
an ensemble for
traditional music Yeli Taaré Fouta
. It was during this time that Mansour
taught Baaba Maal the griot musical heritage. The latter went then to Paris to finish his
musical education and invited Mansour to come to Europe subsequently. In the 1980s, he recorded the
legendary album « Djam Leelii »
with Baaba Maal and he continues to work with Baaba when the latter
started with his electric band Daande Lenol
until the day of today.
Mansour's solo albums have the same peaceful ambiance as the Djam Leelii album,
although the superb voice of Baaba Maal is sometimes missed.