was born in Kissidougou in the Kankan region of Guinea.
His father, Ibrahim Khalil Baro, was a prominent islamic teacher (marabout)
and his mother,
Samatenin Touré, nurtured him with her fula (Peul) culture. Fodé's mixed origin (his father being
malinké) broadened his horizon, but his first interest in music, inspired by the great and late
Aboubacar Demba Camara
(of Bembeya Jazz
was stopped by his family as both parents are of noble descent, who are not supposed to sing or make music.
In addition, the long tradition of his father's family in engaging in islamic teaching played a significant role in
rejecting his musical activities. These activities, nevertheless, had already took off when he was a teenager and he
played percussion, n'goni and guitar at various occasions including cocktail parties at the presidential palace.
Because of the difficulties with his family, Fodé quit school and left for Sierra Leone and Liberia. During those
difficult years, a French priest helped him out and teached him to read musical notes,
and Fodé even sang in a church choir.
In 1985, Fodé Baro returns to Guinea where he met Myriam Makeba
, who introduced him to
her daughter Bongi Makeba
who was looking for a bass player in her band. For a period of
8 months, Fodé played with Bongi during her European tour, and they made an album together. The untimely death of
put an end to this fruitful cooperation,
and Fodé entered the band Les Messagers
of Mory Findian.
Looking for an international career, he settled in Paris in 1990. He entered the Bastille school of music and starts
creating his own style, afro-zouk-mandingue. Together with musical arranger Philippe Guez
records a first solo album, « Donsoké »
(Hunter) in 1992.
During the mid-1990s, Fodé Baro was an important
participant in the « Sans Papiers »
compilation albums, produced by Ibrahima
Sylla. Fodé was involved in the first three out of the series of four albums, either as singer, arranger or as
His second album « Aventurier »
has been an even bigger success as major
African radio stations such as Africa No.1, RFI, MCM Africa aired his song
« Yirikikiki »
extensively. Both this, and his
contributions, have turned him into the best-known Guinean artist in other parts of Africa outside
his home country.
The album « Foufafou »
(meaning "nothing" in Susu) has been partly
recorded in Senegal (with the help of Philippe Monteiro
), and some songs have been recorded in
Abidjan (with featurings by DJ Lewis
, DJ Bordo
In late 2008, Fodé Baro received the Djembe d'or
award in Conakry for the first cassette volume, « Foufafou, Acte I »