Mamou Sibide – “Djougouya”

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Mamou Sidibé was born in the Ganadougou region of southwestern Mali. The region is close geographically but also in its traditions to the Wassoulou region, made famous around the world most notably by Oumou Sangaré. Mamou also collaborated with Oumou, backup singing for her for a few years in the 1990s. But this was only after years of rigorous daily training as a child: following her family tradition, Mamou sang ancient songs to encourage laborers in the fields. After this thorough musical upbringing, she moved to Bamako, the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of Mali, where she joined Oumou Sangaré and soon recorded her own music. Mamou’s willingness to experiment lander her the Techno Mamou nickname in Mali. Her musical arrangements combine very traditional instruments with more electronic sounds. Some of the drum patterns might remind a hip-hop fan of production by Jay Dee or Madlib. But Malian music fans rest assured: Mamou packs a punch of pure Malian musical tradition.

Past Posts about Mamou Sibide:

  • Chop Our Music – 2 year Anniversary Super Release! January 1, 2011   Hard to believe, but it was just over 2 years ago that our first release, Akwaaba wo Africa, came out worldwide. What a journey it’s been since then! 2 dozen releases spanning the gamut from Nigerian highlife to Gambian griot kora, Angolan kuduro to Benin salsa… We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with artists from ...
  • Listen to Mamou Sidibé’s Djougouya November 13, 2009
  • “What can I say apart from utter fantastic” – Undomundo! September 13, 2009 It seems they like Carlos Lamartine’s album ;p Who’s they?, a very nice blog based in Turkey who feature all kinds of music, and have featured some of our releases in the past, in particular Mamou Sidibé here and there. Check them out, always on point + loads of freebies!!
  • Mamou Sidibé – Djougouya August 2, 2009 Mamou Sidibé‘s music has been featured on our first 2 compilations, and finally we unveil her full length Djougouya, originally released in Mali in 2007. Mamou digs deep into her Ganadougou roots, a region with a rich musical heritage close to the Wassoulou tradition made popular by another Malian diva, Oumou Sangaré. Called Techno Mamou ...
  • Mamou Sidibé on Myspace, at last! August 1, 2009 Mamou Sidibé has had a website, but for the last few weeks it’s been down. One more reason to hurry up and create her own myspace page!.
  • Mamou Sidibé mixtape @ Breath of Life July 29, 2009 Breath of Life always has interesting music and thoughts. They recently highlighted Mamou Sidibé’s great mixture of Malian and Ganadougou tradition, with computer drum sequencing and “techno”. You can read the full post here or download the mixtape here.
  • Mamou Sidibé – Naari July 29, 2009
  • Mamou Sidibé – Dambé July 29, 2009
  • Mamou Sidibé – Mali Mousso July 29, 2009
  • Garth Trinidad shows some love! February 16, 2009 KCRW‘s Garth Trinidad has been supportive of Akwaaba since its inception, asking for our music months before it was even released. He’s shown his continued support on his new blog,, where you’ll find a few kind words about Akwaaba and our mission, as well as a free download of the track Mali Mousso by ...

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