|Mamady Keita was born in August 1950 in Balandugu, a village located near the river Fe in the
Wassolon region of Siguiri, which is in Guinea. At an early age, his family was told that he would
travel and and go on to do great things; drumming became is special talent. At age 7, Mamady was
initated into the ways of the the Djembe, one of the traditional drums of the Malinke. His teacher
was Karinkadjan Konde, an elder Djeombefola of Balandugu. Mamady went on to be a a lead
drummer of the Djoliba National Ballet from 1964 to 1979. From 1979 to 1986 he was artistic
director of the troupe. In 1988 Mamady moved to Belgium and began to teach Malinke rhythms.
In this year he also started the group, Sewa Kan. In 1991 he established his own percussion
school, Tam Tam Mandingue. To date, Mamady has numerous CD's, videos and books which
display his skill, technique and life.
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