is one of the most outstanding guitar players of Mali. As a youngster,
he learnt playing guitar, ngoni and kora, but he chose soon to concentrate on playing guitar. He played in the early days of
Mali's independence in Pioneer Jazz
and Orchestre National "A"
before joining the Rail Band
in the beginning of the 1970s.
And he still is the solo guitar player of the Super Rail Band
The Rail Band has been the starting point of the musical careers of internationally renowned singers such as Salif Keita
and Mory Kante
and exists since more than 30 years.
On his first solo album « Sigui »
, Tounkara chose for an unplugged set, with
selected musicians to accompany him. Especially the singers, Lafia Diabaté
brother of the great Kassemady Diabaté
, and Samba Sissoko
, both singers
from the Super Rail Band, as well as the female vocals by Mamany Keita
, herself singing in the group Tama,
and Fatoumata Tounkara
, daughter of Djelimady, are well chosen. The album is well recorded and mixed,
and can be recommended.
The second album, out in May 2005, offers the same quality. Tounkara is surrounded by a new group of young musicians and singers.