Artist Profiles: Maciré Sylla

Maciré Sylla
Maciré Sylla

Maciré Sylla is a singer from Guinea-Conakry. Her first album, “Mariama,” sold more than 250,000 copies in Africa alone, and won her the “Best Guinean singer of the year” award in 1998.

Maciré spent several years of her childhood with her grandparents in the countryside. Her grandmother taught her the old songs, providing her traditional roots and a musical legacy.

At a young age, she entered the Soleil d’Afrique ballet and after a few years, became a solo singer and dancer. She then joined the live line up of Fatala, the Guinean band that recorded for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label.


Mariama (Djembé-Faré Productions, 1996)

Maya Irafama (COD Music AG TRACE 38802, 2000)

Sarefi (2004)

Massa (2005)

Talitha (2010)


Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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