The Kennedy Center

Mamadou Kelly

Loading the player...

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.

Related Artists

Recent Broadcasts

Washington National Opera
5/21/2018 at 6:00 PM

Artes de Cuba: Tiempo Libre (Miami)
5/20/2018 at 6:00 PM

Artes de Cuba: José Martí
5/19/2018 at 6:00 PM

Artes de CubaCUBA GOES TAP by Keyla Orozco featuring Max Pollak (Washington, D.C. / New York)
5/18/2018 at 6:00 PM

Artes de Cuba: Luis Faife and D.C. Cuban All Stars (Washington, D.C.)
5/17/2018 at 6:00 PM

Watch more videos

Millennium Stage Calendar

Perform on Millennium Stage

Are you interested in performing on Millennium Stage, or do you have a program you’d like to recommend? In order to be considered, please submit any recent videos of live performance within the last two years, website, Facebook page, or other pertinent information to