Musiques du Mali
Bara Sambarou (Ibrahima Sambarou Sarré) is a prominent Peul-griot
from the town of Mopti. Born in 1946, he plays the hoddu, a traditional 4-string wooden lute. He was a disciple of
Hamdoum Birinta Djiga, the first Peul griot to have sung on Malian radio ever, and of Emana Patal,
a hoddu player. During the 1970s, his songs gained in popularity among the Peuls in Mali, and a local producer started
duplicating cassettes that were sought after. One particular song,
Although Sambarou's music is virtually unknown outside Mali, Jean Ducassé decided to uncover his music by putting forward a live version of
On the CD Mali : le hoddu Peul | The Fulani Hoddu on the Ocora label, there are 4 songs by Bara Sambarou, along those of fellow hoddu players, such as Toka Abagouro Sarré, Nassourou Sarré and Dinda Hamma Sarré.
CD liner notes
Born: 1946, in Konsa (near Mopti), as Ibrahima Sambarou Sarré
Style: peul praise music, hoddu.