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Malian orchestras 1960 - 1980

Compiled by Graeme Counsel, with many thanks to Florent Mazzoleni

 
National Orchestras

  • L’Orchestre National “A” de la République du Mali
         Penka (Panga) Dembélé (chef d'orchestre, trumpet, sax), Kélétigui Diabaté (chef d'orchestre, guitar), Djelimady Tounkara (guitar), Magan Ganessy (vocals), Monkontafé Sacko (vocals), Baba Barry (drums), Kassim Sacko, Madani Samaké (tenor sax), Papa N'diaye.

          · The orchestra was co-directed by Panga Dembélé and Kélétigui Diabaté, according to this site.

L’Orchestre National “B” de la République du Mali
     Ades Traoré (chef d'orchestre), Kassemady Diabaté (vocals), Madou "Guitare" Sangaré (lead guitar), Boubacar Diallo (rhythm guitar).
    
     · L’Orchestre National “B” de la République du Mali and Les Maravillas du Mali combined to form L’Orchestre le National Badéma.

L’Orchestre National “C” de la République du Mali
     Daouda "Flani" Sangaré (vocals), Zani Diabaté (lead guitar), Madou "Guitare" Sangaré (rhythm guitar).

      · L’Orchestre National “C” de la République du Mali became the Super Djata Band.

L’Orchestre le National Badéma
     Khalil Traoré (1st chef d'orchestre, keyboard), Amadou Ba Guindo (chef d'orchestre, trumpet), Kassemady Diabaté (vocals), Boncana Maïga (flute), Sidya Touré (guitar), Harouna Barry (tenor sax), Bah Tapo (percussion), Aliou Traoré (violin), Baba Traoré, Dramané Coulibaly, Issa Falaba Traoré.

Le Super Biton National de Ségou (see also Ségou - Super Biton de Ségou)
     Amadou Ba (chef d'orchestre, trumpet), Mamadou Doumbia (vocals, percussion), Mamadou Coulibaly (vocals), Aboubacar Kissa (vocals), Toussaint Siané (vocals, percussion), Mamadou Sissoko (lead guitar), Mamadou Guindo (rhythm guitar), Dramabé Diarra (bass), Abou Touré (alto sax), Mamadou Diarra (alto & soprano sax), Gagny Diawara (trumpet), Modibo Diarra (keyboards), Zoumana Diarra (drums), Moussa Ouattara (congas).

 

Regional Orchestras

Mopti
Bani Jazz
     Ali "Farka" Touré (guitar).

Orchestre Régional de Mopti / L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti
     Sorry Bamba (chef d'orchestre, vocals), Koko Dembelé (lead guitar, vocals), Amadou Guitteye (guitar), Adama Namakoro Fomba.

Ségou
Ségou Jazz / Orchestre Régional de Ségou / Le Super Biton de Ségou
     Ibrahima Djombana dit "Barbu"

Sikasso
Orchestre Régional de Sikasso / Le Kéné-Star de Sikasso
     Baba Barry (chef d'orchestre, drums), Salif Touré (vocals), Abdoulaye Diabaté (vocals), Massambou Wélé Diallo, Madou "Guitare" Sangaré (guitar), Mamadou Diakité (vocals), Mamadou Touré (vocals), Cheick Sadibou Diabaté (vocals).

Tombouctou
Orchestre Régional de Tombouctou / Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou

Kayes
Orchestre Régional de Kayes / L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes
      Harouna Barry (chef d'orchestre, tenor sax), Sidi Yassa (vocals), Jean Bittard (vocals), Touré (vocals).

Bamako
L'Orchestre Bida de la Capitale

Gao
Orchestre Régional de Gao / Songhaï Star

Koulikoro
Orchestre Régional de Koulikoro

 

Other orchestras

Afro Jazz
   Amadou Ba (chef d'orchestre, trumpet).

Alliance Jazz
   Amadou Ba (trumpet).

Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako
   Ousmane Dia (vocals), Kanté Manfila (vocals, lead guitar), Salif Keita (vocals), Amadou Bagayoko (lead guitar), Ousmane Kouyaté (guitar), Keletigui Diabaté (guitar), Fofana (guitar), Issa Gnaré (guitar), Etienne (guitar), Moussa "Vieux" Sissoko (sax), Seydou Koné (percussion), Alpha Kabiné "Tagus" Traoré (trumpet), Issa Soumaoro (keyboards), Aboubakar Samboura (bass), Dobry (drums).

Ambiance de Kita

Ambiance Jazz de N’Tomikorobougo
   Penka (Penga) Dembélé (chef d'orchestre, trumpet, sax).

Askia Jazz
   Harouna Barry (sax).

Orchestre Bamasama
   Sékou Kouyaté (chef d'orchestre).

Baniko (Baninko) Jazz de Dioila
   Adama Namakoro Fomba (guitar).

Boni Jazz
   Sorry Bamba (vocals).

Le Bronkoni de Niono
    Adama Yalomba, Sékou Kouyaté.

Les Compagnons de Baraouli

Le Dar Band de Darsalam (Bamako)
     Yaya Koné (sax)

Le Diosse Band de Kolokani

Donkon de la Capitale

Les Echos de la Falaise de Bandiagara
   Youssouf Karembé (guitar).

Les Echos de la Grotte d’Hamdallaye

E. N. Star de Badala

Falé Star de Macina

Ganoua Band (see also Super Djata Band)
   Zani Diabat
é (guitar), Daouda "Flani" Diabaté (vocals, kamelen n'goni), Maré Sanogo (djembé, percussion).

Goffé Star de Kayes
   Harouna Barry (chef d'orchestre, tenor sax).

Koulé Star de Koutiala (Koutiala Jazz)
   Abdoulaye Diabaté dit Joss (vocals)
.

l'Harmonie Soudanaise de Médina-coura
   Honoré (sax), Auguste (trumpet),

Les Maravillas du Mali
   Boncana Maïga (chef d'orchestre, flute), Dramané Coulibaly dit "Tino" (flute), Moustapha Sako (violin), Aliou Traoré (violin), Adboulaye Diarra (violin), Mamadou Tolo (violin), Londo (violin), Harouna Barry (tenor sax). Khalil Traoré (piano). Salif Traoré (bass), Alberto (vocals), Omar Santiago (vocals), Bah Tapo (percussion).

Le Melingo Jazz de Niarela
   Massambou Wélé Diallo.

Les Messagers du Mali
    Madani Samaké (chef d'orchestre, tenor sax), Sory (trumpet), Moussa (bass), Djeli Moussa Kouyaté (rhythm guitar), Diewoye (lead guitar), Damory (vocals), Mattie (vocals), Lamittie (vocals), Lassie (vocals, djembé), Abou Diou (domba).

Niger Band de Koulikoro

Nour el Sahel de Nioro

Orchestre de Miraya

Orchestre Municipal de San
   Tatine Demb
élé (vocals).

Orono Band de Koro

Pioneer Jazz (Orchestre Missira)
   Djelimady Tounkara (guitar).

Rail Band du Buffet Hôtel de la Gare (Orchestre Rail-Band de Bamako, Super Rail Band, Rail Band du Mali, etc)
   Tidiané Koné (chef d'orchestre, trumpet, tenor & alto sax), Salif Keita (vocals), Mory Kanté (lead guitar, balafon, vocals), Makan Ganessy (vocals), Djelimady Sissoko (vocals), Lanfia Diabaté (vocals), Sékou Kanté (vocals), Damory Kouyaté (vocals), Djelimady Sissoko (vocals), Sékou Kouyaté (vocals), Nabé Baba (lead guitar), Djelimady Tounkara (lead guitar), Mamadou Diakité (rhythm guitar), Ousmane Sagodogo (rhythm guitar), Djelimoussa Kouyaté (rhythm guitar), Cheik Traoré (rhythm guitar), Alfred Coulibaly (keyboard), Sourakata Cissé (trumpet), Moussa Koné (trumpet), Kabiné Keita (sax), Lédi Youla (sax), Cheikh Traoré (bass), Issa Tounkara (bass), Mamadou "Pacheco" Bagayogo (drums), Fotigui Keita (drums), Dramané Coumaré (congas), Korobala (congas), Marius (timbales), Abouramané Koumané (percussion), Moussa Traoré (percussion), Moussa Koné (percussion).

La Renaissance

Rônier Jazz
   Harouna Barry (sax).

Le Sahel Band de Nara

Le Santoro Band de San

Ségou Jazz

Sony Jazz de Gaoual

Souala Band de Banamba

Super Bama de Bamako

Super Djata Band de Bamako (see also Ganoua Band)
   Zani Diabaté (chef d'orchestre, lead guitar), Daouda "Flani" Sangaré (vocals), Alou Fané (vocals, donso ngoni), Mamadou "Johnny" Diabaté (vocals), Idrissa Magassa (vocals), Salia Sonogo (vocals), Dounanké Koita (rhythm guitar), Ousmane Dicko (rhythm guitar), Mamadou "Gorguy" Sylla (sax), Dounanké Koita (keyboards), Abou Camara (bass), Badian Kouyaté (bass), Bamba Dembélé (congas), Bakary Diabaté (percussion, timbales), Lamoussa Diabaté (drums).

Super Mandé de Kangaba
   Kassemady Diabaté (vocals).

Le Super Mono Band de Bougouni
   Massambou Wélé Diallo.

Super Onze de Takamba

Super Tentemba
    Askia Modibo.

La Symphonia de Bamako-Coura

Le Tambaoura Jazz de Kégnéba

Tentemba Jazz du Mali
   Abdoulaye Diabaté (vocals), Sékou Kanté, Ousmane Diabaté (guitarist ,chef d'orchestre).

Tjiwara Band de Kati
   Sylvain Keita (chef d'orchestre, saxophone), Karim Diakité (trumpet), Mamadou Traoré (trumpet), Adama Niambelé (saxophone), Adama Coulibaly (tumba), Leo (drums), Amady Diallo (timbales), Soulemane Sissoko dit Gris (rthythm guitar), Mahamadou Bagayoko dit Al Capone (rhythm guitar) Papa Diabaté (lead guitar), Mahamoudou Sissoko dit Danger (bass), Boubou Touré (organ), Mahamadou Sangaré (vocals), Souleymane Cherif (vocals), Massambou Wélé Diallo.

Le Typic de Kita

Le Yokanga Jazz de Yorousso

This page was created on March 24 2009 and was last updated on 7 October 2017.