Fanta Damba (1938-19?)
Musiques du Mali
Fanta Damba is generally referred to as the Grande Vedette Malienne.
Together with Mokontafe Sacko, she was among the first female griots reaching national and even
international fame through radio and recordings. Born into a family of griots - both of her parents were musicians - she
started a professional career in the Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali.
Trained by the best griots of the country, she was already famous in Mali by the age of 16, and in 1975, she was the first
jalimuso to perform as a solo singer in Europe (source:
The African Music Encyclopedia).
Fanta Damba has been acknowledged to be an inspiring example for young Mory Kante, Youssou N'Dour or Rokia Traoré who would grow world stars decades later. As a griot, she mastered the important heritage of Malian history in music and storytelling. She was loved because of the emotion and sensitivity in her voice. In addition, her way of singing was influenced by the melodies and rhythms of the bambara of Segou, different from the malinké in West Mali, the home area of so many griots.
|Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 3||2002||Bolibana|
|Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 2||2002||Bolibana BIP 331|
|Fanta Damba du Mali Vol. 1||2002||Bolibana|
|Fanta Damba||1985||Disques Esperance ESP 7518|
|Fanta Damba||1983||SP 1002|
|Fanta Damba||1982||Sako Production SP 005|
|Bahamadou Simogo||1980||Celluloid CEL 6637|
|Sékou Semega||1977||Songhoï Records SON 8210||With Batourou Sekou Kouyate|
|Ousmane Camara||1975||Songhoï Records SON 8205||With Batourou Sekou Kouyate|
|Hamet||1975||Songhoï Records SON 8202||With Batourou Sekou Kouyate|
|la grande vedette malienne||1975||Songhoï Records SON 8201||With Batourou Sekou Kouyate|
anthologie de la Musique malienne,
volume 6. La tradition épique
|1971?||Bärenreiter-Musicaphon BM 30 L 2506|