Baba Sissoko
* March 08, 1963
Mali
Baba Sissoko from Bamako, Mali:
- from 1970 to 1978 accompanied "le griottes" as a tamani player during local festivals and ceremonies;
- in 1978 first concert at Abidjan (Ivory Coast) as a percussionist of the Griot Fanta Damba;
- from 1985 to 1990 member of the Mali Instrumental Assembly as tamani and ngoni player. During this period the Assembly undertook European and American tours;
- from 1985 to 1987 he took part in the European tour of the Griot Kanja Kuiate as a tamani player;
- from 1988 to 1991 he accompanied the Griot Ami Koita as a tamani player on four recordings and relative tours;
- in 1991 he formed his own group "Baba Sissoko Taman- Kan" and they tourned Mali;
- in 1993, with the group "Bamada", he accompanied the singer Habib Koite with whom he won the "Decouverte '93" contest held by Radio France Internationale (RFI);
- from 1993 to 1994 he accompanied Souleymane Koli Koteba from Abidjan's music-theatre group "Les Goes";
- from 1994 to 1998 he accompanied the singer Habib Koite on two recordings and relative world tours as art of the group "Bamada";
- in 1995 the first recording with his group "Taman-Kan", of the same name;
- in 1997 he accompanied the singer Rokia Traore as a ngoni and percussion player, winning RFI's "Decouverte '97" competition;
- in 1995 he held a djembe balafon and tamani course for elementary school pupils in Bruxelles;
- in 1996 in Bruxelles he held a "tamani stage" for percussionists and a "rhythm and percussion course" for music teachers;
- in February 1999 he held his first Italian concert, at the University of Calabria, Rende (CS);
- in April 1999 he took part in the radio show "Permesso di soggiorno" for Radio Rai 1;
- in May 1999 he held a stage for percussionists with a final concert at the "Vincenzo Bellini" Institute of Music in Catania;
- in May-June 1999 he held a series of seminar-type encounters organised by the "Centro Arti Musica e Spettacolo" at the University of Calabria;
- in May-June 1999 he worked as a musician for Anouscka Brodacz's show "Dunia", for the Alhena group of Pescara;
- 1999 he issued his first record "for Italy only", with the port'song label, entitled "djana"
- August 1999 Taormina Festival;
- March and September 2000 two cycles of seminars for the "Griot Project" held at the "Museo dello Strumento Musicale" in Reggio Calabria;
- May 2000 recording with the group Dedalus (title of the same name);
- July 2000 recording with the group Ciroma (title of the same name);
- August 2000 tamani and balafon stages held in Tournai (Belgium) and Roubai (France);
- during the summer of 2000 he worked with the group Taman Kan to produce the CD "Live in studio" and undertook a very successful Italian tour;
- September 2000 worked with the DJ Brahms on the EP. "Ebi-ebi" Tribal Italia, issued late October in Italy, Austria, Germany;


- 2001 session man percussions for ex "Rith miss" Marie-Veronique Brasseur and Myriam Mollet - Bruxelles -Belgium.
- 2001 Taking part in the Italian tour of Famoudou Don Moye of the "Art Ensamble of Chicago".
- 2001 session man percussions for Cachaito Lopez , "Royal Festival Hall" - London- England.
- 2001 session man percussions for Cachaito Lopez, "Villa Ada" - Rome - Italy and Paleo Festival - Nyon - Switzerland.
- 2001 collaboration with Gregorio Hernandez Rios "El Goyo" - Tournai - Belgium.
- 2001 musical meeting with Dom Um Romao - Asti - Italy. 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of Enzo Avitabile and the “Bottari di Portici”, - concerts in Italy


- 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of Enzo Avitabile and the “Bottari di Portici” , -Strictly Mundial , Marseille, France;
- 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of the Irene Tasembedo's Ballet Group – Performances in France
- 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – Winter and Summer Italian Tour
- 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of Dee Dee Bridgewater – concerts in Italy
- 2003 Baba Sissoko with Momo Wandel Guest of the project “Africalia” by Pierre Vaiana and Mamadi Keita – concerts in Belgium.
- 2003 Baba Sissoko Guest of the Musical Project “Almajmaa”by Laurent Blondiau (Belgium) and Les Gnaouas de Tanger (Maroc) - Concerts in Belgium and France

- 2004 guest of Enzo Avitabile and the “Bottari di Portico” for the presentation of their new CD entitled “Save the Word”. Italian Tour
- 2004 guest of Art Ensemble of Chicago for the presentation of their new CD entitled “Reunion”. Europe and American Tour.
- 2004 Summer tour in Italy and France with his Band “Baba Sissoko and Taman Kan”
- 2004 Guest of the Musical Project “Almajaam” by Maak’s Spirit of Laurent Blondiau (Belgium) and Les Gnawas de Tanger (Maroc) - Concerts in Belgium.
- 2004 recording and presentation of CD with Famoudou Don Moye and Maurizio Capone.
- 2004 guest of Mamady Keita at the “Couleur Cafè” festival in Bruxelles:
- 2004 drums project with Chris Joris. Concerts in Belgium;
- 2004 project and realisation Belgium Tour with “Baba Sissoko Quintet”.
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