Born in Bamako during the 80s, Mamadou Sidiki Diabaté (known as Madou) is a Malian griot from a long line of musicians and traditional speakers. 


His musical journey is first and foremost a family story : his parents Sidiki Diabaté and Mariam Kouyaté are two legends of Malian music, just like his brother, the famous Toumani Diabaté. It is thanks to this atypical lineage that he managed to impose himself in the music world. 


From an early age, he participated in ceremonies, concerts and tours, while learning traditional instruments such as the Kora or the Tamani. In 1991, he was the opening act for his parents performance at the Africolor festival in Paris, thus starting his career.

He studied at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako (INA) in the 2000s and then taught at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté as a Kora teacher. Followed a series of wonderful musical experiences with artists such as Kandia Kouyaté, Amy Koita, Babani Kone or even with the Ballet Malien for a few months. His few most notable projects include his three-month tour for the Griot Groove Tours project, or the creation of his band Madou Sidiki & the manding griot groove in 2013.


In addition to his qualities as a Kora player rooted in tradition, Mamadou Sidiki Diabaté has a strong desire to revolutionize the instrument and establishes himself as the precursor of the MIDI Kora. Thanks to his innovations, he opens the way to new musical horizons for any fervent of the music of West Africa.

Festival international Nuits d'Afrique - 36e