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Issa Coulibaly

Issa Coulibaly

Issa Coulibaly: A master djembe drummer, originally from Mali, West Africa, Issa earned a reputation as a vocalist and mesmerizing performer while touring Africa and Europe before coming to the United States. Pictured here, he is performing sungurubani, a song played as a dance of courtship for young women. Issa is available for performances, workshops, residencies, and drum circles that are educational and fun for musicians of any age and range of experience.

A master djembe drummer, Issa began studying the djembe and djun djun when he was 11 years old in his home city of Bamako, Mali. He continues to travel from Maine to Puerto Rico facilitating retreats and performing as the lead drummer and musical director for a variety of African dance troupes, including Crocodile River Music’s troupe, Didakan. His CD debut, “Foliba,” highlights his flamboyant playing style and original arrangements of traditional songs, and amply demonstrates his solid vocal skill.