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Mansour Seck is internationally known as the long time
companion of Baaba Maal. He was a son of a Toucouleur (Haalpulaar) griot
family, and since his childhood, he was a close friend of Baaba Maal. His learnt to play the
traditional string instruments like the hoddu, but preferred the guitar.
In 1977, he co-founded together with Baaba and Mbassou Niang an ensemble for
traditional music Yeli Taaré Fouta. It was during this time that Mansour
teached Baaba Maal the griot musical heritage.
The latter went then to Paris to finish his
musical education and invited Mansour to Europe subsequently. In the 1980s, he recorded the
legendary album Djam Leelii with Baaba Maal and he continues to work with Baaba when the latter
started with his electric band Daande Lenol until the day of today.
Mansour's solo albums have the same calm atmosphere as the Djam Leelii album, although the superb voice of Baaba Maal is sometimes missed.
Born: 1955 in Podor, North Senegal.
Style: Acoustic Yela
Top: Baaba Maal,
bottom: Mansour Seck
|Thiaroye||199?||Sono Africa CDS 7064|
|Yelayo||1997||Stern's STCD 1075||Original release on Syllart|
|N'der Fouta Tooro vol. 2||1995||Stern's STCD 1073|
|N'der Fouta Tooro vol. 1||1994||Stern's STCD 1061|
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