Issa Bagayogo

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Issa Bagayogo
Born 1961 (age 54–55)
Genres World Music
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1998 - present

Issa Bagayogo (born 1961) is a Malian musician. He has released four full-length albums all under the record label Six Degrees Records. Bagayogo lends his voice and plays the kamele n'goni (a six-stringed West African instrument similar to a banjo)[1] while Yves Wernert is the producer and keyboardist.


Bagayogo blends his native Malian traditions with western pop music and has drawn comparisons to some of the great Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté.[2]

Sya, originally released in 1998, was the first album released under Six Degrees Records. The second album is titled Timbuktu, after the ancient city in Mali. The album covers issues such as racial tolerance, regional pride, and drug abuse among youths. Bagayogo continues his fusion of his native African style music with electronic beats on this album.

In 2004, Bagayogo released his album called Tassoumakan, which means "voice of fire", followed by Mali Koura in 2008.[2]


  • Sya (1999) Six Degrees Records
  • Timbuktu (2002) Six Degrees Records
  • Tassoumakan (2004) Six Degrees Records
  • Mali Koura (2008) Six Degrees Records


  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (23 July 2002). "African Traditions Meet Dance-Floor …". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Gill, Andy (5 December 2008). "Album: Issa Bagayogo, Mali Koura (Six Degrees)". London: The Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 

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