Radio Africa
Talibé Traoré - in memoriam
c.1950 - 5 January 2010
It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the death of Talibé Traoré, the principal trumpeter in the orchestra Keletigui et ses Tambourinis. Talibé died when his motorcycle was hit by a taxi at 1am on February 5 in Conakry. A brief report is here.

Talibé was one of the last great trumpeters of his generation. He originally played with the regional orchestra Télé Jazz, based in the town of Télimélé, and then joined Keletigui's orchestra in the early 1970s. He can be heard on Syliphone LP 55 - Le Rétour, with an acclaimed solo on "Maderi". He played alongside Kerfala Camara, Keletigui Traoré and Momo Wandel Soumah at a time when the Tambourinis boasted the best (and the biggest) brass section in Guinea. He also played with Kaloum Star. His trumpet tone was bright and strident, it grabbed your attention, and he was still a powerful trumpeter when I last saw him play in 2008. He made the group swing.

Talibé provided a lot of assistance with the preparation for the Stern's "Keletigui et ses Tambourinis - The Syliphone years" CD, supplying translations for the songs and histories of the group. He was so very friendly and helpful, a gentleman, and his passing away is tragic. I offer sincere condolences to his friends and family.

Video footage of Talibé playing with Keletigui et ses Tambourinis can be viewed at