Artist Profiles: Hama Sankaré

Hama Sankaré

Alpha Ousmane “Hama” Sankaré (also known as Pedro) is a western African legend. He was a fundamental member of the bands of many great artists of Mali: Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, le Troupe Regionale de Niafunké, l’Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars, and Mamadou Kelly’s BanKaiNa.

Hama’s percussion and vocals can be heard on many of Mali’s essential recordings. He is the master of contemporary calabash percussion as well as a highly influential composer, arranger and instrumentalist.


Ballébé ‎(Clermont Music, 2018)
Niafunke (Clermont Music, 2019)

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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