The band's leader is singer and flautist Yacouba Moumouni. The group combines traditional Hausa, Djerma, Fula 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.
An eight-piece group formed by Moumouni 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.
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.
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- 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)
- Niger, Innacor Records, (2013)
- French: Peul; Fula: Fulɓe
- 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).
- See makidapalabre.com and MAKIDA PALABRE au théâtre de Redon le 10 novembre 2005, breizh.de, Guénaèle BARON.
- Festival des nomades website
- (French) collection of reviews and interviews for Mondomix program, at TV5Monde. Includes extensive history of the group
- (French) Interview by Pierre René-Worms, 2006, Radio France International. At the Ferveur Gnaoua Festival in Mogador, Morocco.
- BBC: Mamar Kassey Alatoumi. Reviewed by Peter Marsh. 20 November 2002.
- Afropop Worldwide: Mamar Kassey, Alatoumi. Reviewed by Banning Eyre, 2001.
- SONG OF THE SAHEL. Dan Maley, Macon Telegraph (Georgia, USA),2004-09-03, Page 3.
- (French) Video and biography at TV5Monde.