Artist Profiles: Adama Yalomba

Adama Yalomba – Photo by Ladji

Malian musician Adama Yalomba plays guitar, ngoni and dan. He became known to western audiences in 2003 thanks to the CD Festival in the Desert 2003.

His album Kassa, the first one distributed outside Africa, was recorded in Bogolan Studio in Bamako in 2007. Bogolan is the most famous studio in western Africa where the late Ali Farka Toure, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bjork as well as Tinariwen have recorded.

Yalomba’s reputation earned him the respect of well-known fellow musicians, several of whom appeared on the CD: Toumani Diabate, Cheick-Tidiane Seck, Rokia Traore and ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate.


Kassa (Black Eye, 2009)
Waati Sera (Studio Mali Recordings, 2016)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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