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Amadou Guitteye "You"
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Amadou Guitteye "You" grew up in Mopti, where he acquired his nickname You. At the age of 14, he started being interested in music, much to the dismay of his parents. Following his heart, he took guitar lessons with Koko Dembélé, the guitar player of Orchestre Kanaga. Three years later, he joined this band that had won several awards at the Biennale du Mali as the Regional Orchestra of Mopti and brought about other talents such as Sorry Bamba. After a period with the Bama Saba band in Bamako, You left his country and settled first in Paris where he played in a band called the Frank Sala Ben Band, now no longer existing. At the end of the 1990s, he went to Cologne (Germany) where he married and established a family. From Cologne, he started a solo career, which resulted in two albums thus far.

He mixes the takamba rhythm from the north of Mali, as well as other music styles from Mali with reggae, jazz and pop. He works with musicians from Germany, Cuba, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Chili and the USA who form together his band Tikabango.

CD cover 'Mopti'

Born: August 1958, in Tikabango, near Mopti (North Mali)
Style: Takamba, reggae.

Musicians on « Mopti »:
You: vocal, guitar;
Koko Dembele: guitar;
Rüdiger Hasse: guitar;
Ousseynou Tounkara: bass;
Martin Esser: drums;
Mao Sylla: percussion.


Title Year Label Remarks
Taama 2005 Africa Production 04100-2
Mopti 2001 Topaz Music 017

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