is another exponent of a young generation of
singers from the south of Mali, this time from the Ganadugu region. Daughter of a balafon player (her father) and a
famous singer (her mother), the music was an integral part of her education. As a child, she sang
during festivities in her village, and later also to encourage farmers during the work on the fields.
Mamou, however, had her mind set on a professional career in music and went to Bamako. At the end
of the 1980s, she sang as backing vocal with Oumou Sangaré
Nearly 10 years later, she signed up with Mali K7 for a first album « Nakan »
(1999), that was released internationally in 2001 on the French Cobalt label. The album was a success in the West
African region and also brought her to the Africolor
Festival in Saint-Denis (near Paris)
in December 2000.
The music of Mamou Sidibé can be described as a modernised wassoulou style and much along the same lines as the
Mali-techno of Issa Bagayogo
, and much under the influence of recording engineer
Yves Wernert. This gave her the surname of "techno-Mamou".
In April 2003, a second album has been released in Mali, musically more
diverse, using more traditional instruments, and on following albums, she focused more on a traditional setting.