The Kennedy Center

Mamadou Kelly



Watch Past Performances

Video 8/5/2016: Mamadou Kelly

Hailing from Goundam near Timbuktu, Mamadou Kelly is backed by veteran sidemen collectively known as Ban Kai Na—“Hama” Sankare on calabash, “Youro” Cisse on djourkel (a monochord mandolin), Ibrahim Nabo on rhythm guitar, and Baba Traore on bass. The band cooks refined rhythms into profound simplicity.

Mamadou Kelly