Mamar Kassey

Mamar Kassey
Mamar Kassey
Origin Niamey, Niger
Genres Afro-jazz fusion.
Years active 1995–present

Mamar Kassey is a jazz-pop-ethnic band from Niger. It is named after a legendary warrior who extended the Songhai Empire into the Sahara.



The band's leader is singer and flautist Yacouba Moumouni. The group combines traditional Hausa, Djerma, Fula[1] and Songhai rhythms, instruments such as the molo (a lute with a skin-covered body), and modern instruments such as the electric bass. Their sound also incorporates western jazz, Moroccan and Latin music.

Musical career

An eight-piece group[2] formed by Maumouni and guitarist Abdallah Alhassane in 1995, Mamar Kassey have released two albums internationally and toured Europe and the United States multiple times. They came to attention in France after an appearance at the Festival des Nuits Atypiques in Langon in 1998.

They are one of the few Nigerien musical acts known internationally, and much beloved in their home country.[citation needed]

Makida Palabre

In 2004-2005, musicians from Mamar Kassey toured with a group of Breton folk musicians under the name Makida Palabre. The collaboration included Breton musicians Pierre-Yves Prothais, Ronan Le Gourierec, Laurent Carré, and Youen Paranthoen playing Breton/Celtic, western jazz, and West African instruments.[3]

Music of  Niger: Subjects
Hausa music Berber music
Kora Algaita
Jeli Molo
Nigerien hip hop Mamar Kassey
Timeline and Samples
Francophone Africa
Algeria - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cameroon - Central African Rep. - Comoros - Congo-Brazzaville - Congo-Kinsasha - Côte d'Ivoire - Djibouti - Madagascar - Mali - Mauritius - Morocco - Niger - Rwanda - Senegal - Seychelles - Togo - Tunisia


The members of the band have changed over the course of the group's existence. The group that performed at the Festival des nomades in Benin in 2000 included:[4]

  • Abdoulaye ALASSANE, (ABDALLAH): guitar.
  • Adamou DAOUDA, (NAGOULI): kalangou.
  • Boubacar Souleyman MAIGA, (BARI): percussion, calabash.
  • Harouna ABDOU : electric bass guitar.
  • Housseïni Namata CHIBAKOU: molo lute.
  • Yacouba MOUMOUNI: flute, vocals.


  • Denké-Denké, Daqui, Harmonia Mundi, (1999)
  • Alatoumi, Daqui (2000), Harmonia Mundi (2001), World Village WV470003 (2001)
  • Via Campesina, Daqui, Harmonia Mundi (2006)
  • On va voir ça, Daqui, Harmonia Mundi (forthcoming, 2008)[5]


  1. ^ French: Peul; Fula: Fulɓe
  2. ^ They have performed with larger and smaller ensembles: as an 11 piece at the JAZZ a OUAGA 2006 festival, or as a duo with hired musicians in the US because of visa restrictions (Dan Maley:2004).
  3. ^ See and MAKIDA PALABRE au théâtre de Redon le 10 novembre 2005,, Guénaèle BARON.
  4. ^ Festival des nomades website
  5. ^

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