Mamady Keïta

Mamady Keita

Founder / President, Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy

Mamady Keïta is a grand master of the djembe and one of the world’s most well-known and respected djembefolas. (Djembefola is the Malinké word for “djembe player”. It literally means “one who plays the djembe.”)

A grandmaster of the djembe and a legendary figure considered by peers and students worldwide, Mamady was also regarded as the djembe ambassador to the world because of his reach to every part of the globe and his award winning documentary ‘Djembefola’ which transpire the djembe into an instrument that is seen in every musical context today.

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Childhood

Mamady was born in 1950 in Balandugu, a village near the Fé River in the Wassolon region of Northeast Guinea, close to the border with Mali.

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The Ballet Djoliba Years

In 1962, Mamady’s unusual talent was recognized by Balanka Sidiki, who was on the lookout for talented artists for the First Regional Ballet of Siguiri.

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Global Presence

Mamady stayed with Ballet Koteba for a year and a half. In 1988, the Belgian non-profit organization Zig Zag invited Mamady to teach and perform in Brussels at Zig Zag’s school of percussion.

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