Baba Sissoko biography

Baba Sissoko

Musical Artist

1963 –


Who is Baba Sissoko?

Baba Sissoko is a musician and vocalist. Sissoko is a master of the talking drums. He is also a jeli by birth.

From childhood, he played tamani, often accompanying the traditional female griot during wedding and other traditional ceremonies.

In 1985, he toured internationally with the prestigious Instrumental Ensemble of Mali orchestra, playing the tamani and ngoni. In 1991, he founded his trio, Baba Sissoko & Taman Kan, and began extensively collaborating with top Malian artists and international musicians. His work with Habib Koité is notable as their collaboration lasted 12 years and was widely celebrated. In 1995, Baba Sissoko released his first album with Tama-Kan.

Baba Sissoko's Taman Kan bandmates are Roger Sabal Lecco, and Reynaldo Hernandez. The trio celebrates their own cultures, and incorporates blues, jazz and rock elements as well.


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Mar 8, 1963

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