Ahmed Fofanah

Ahmed Fofana was born in Cote d’Ivoire to Malian parents. He comes from a family of griots, carrying on the tradition of a long line of musicans and poets, playing flute, balafon, kora and percussion. He has worked with the most celebrated exponents of the vibrant Malian music scene including Toumani Diabate, Amadou and Mariam, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Vieux Farka Touré and Issa Bagayogo, as well as many more on the African and International music scene. He is renowned, not only for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, but also as an arranger, producer and conductor. He was also involved in the creation of the “Mix up Bamako” project launched by MARSATAC.

His work with kora player, Toumani Diabaté, was critically acclaimed, in which he composed and arranged the album “Independence Boulevard” on the World Circuit Label. He also toured with Toumani Diabaté on all his international tours until 2008. In 2005, Ahmed Fofana was awarded a UNESCO residency in Montreal, and has since participated in several festivals including Nuits d’Afrique, Edmonton Folk Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, WOMAD Festival and many more.