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Déné Issébéré
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Déné Issébéré is a young singer at the start of her career. She spent the first 14 years of her life in Algeria, where her father (the poet Hamadoun Issébéré) was working as a diplomat. Since she didn't speak arabic, she spent much time watching TV, thus starting to imitate singing songs she saw on the small screen. Her father noticed her interest in music and offered her instruments like a guitar and a piano.
In 1994, she returned to Bamako. At school, she sang at school manifestations, and she participated in underground rap concerts. Soon she was asked to sing on the album Tougna of a rap group named King Da Dja, an album produced by Salif Keita.
Although she would record on several albums with Salif Keita's producer Eric Bono, this didn't materialise as Bono left Mali. Déné didn't loose her courage and finally could sing on the album Kokadjè of Les Escrocs. With Toumani Diabaté she recorded a single Bikanou, and soon a contract was signed for an album at Mali K7.

Déné, a Dogon, does not make traditional Malian music, nor does she limit herself to one specific genre. Her debut album comprise eight songs in different styles.


Video clip "Sangha" (album Ladilikan):

Musicians on the Ladilikan album (2006):
Yacouba Sissoko n'goni, percussion
Bassekou Kouyaté n'goni
Cheik Tidiane Seck keyboards
Sekou Kante bass
Samba Diabate guitar, n'goni
Hamet Fofana guitar, calabash
Baba Salah guitar
Adama Yalomba Traore kamelen n'goni
Mamadou Kone "Prince" calabash
Zoumana Tereta Sokou (traditional violin)
Mamadou Diallo fula flute

Fabien Kisoka (group Taranta Babu) sax
Mathias Mahler (group Taranta Babu) trombone
Cisko accordeon
Shérif kora
Manjul guitar
Stéphane Bonvent drums
M'Baou Tounkara, Julie Demaison backing vocals

Born: 1980, in Bamako
Style: a mix of folkoric music, rap and raga.


Title Year Label Remarks
Ladilikan 2006 Déné Issébéré Production Buy this CD here
Djigui (Ogopo) 2001 Mali K7 Buy this CD here


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