Momo Wandel Soumah

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Momo Wandel Soumah
Born 1926 (1926)
Origin Labé, Guinea
Died June 15, 2003(2003-06-15) (aged 77)
Dixinn, Conakry, Guinea
Genres Jazz, African traditional
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, composer, musical director
Instruments Tenor saxophone, Alto saxophone, Clarinet, Banjo, Mandolin
Years active 1951–2003
Labels Buda Musique, Fonti Musicali
Associated acts La Joviale Symphony, La Douce Parisette, Syli Orchestra, Kélétigui et ses Tambourins, Wandel Sextet, Circus Baobab

Momo Wandel Soumah (died June 15, 2003) was a singer, composer, and saxophonist from Guinea, recognisable by his characteristic gravelly voice.

Soumah started out in the 1950s playing in dance bands,[1] but moved to modern Guinean music following the cultural revolution. He was apart of the greatly influential Syli Orchestra (originally Syli Orchestre National) who were formed under the instruction of the first elected president Sekou Toure. The group of Guinea's elite musicians were selected to travel throughout Guinea and inspire and instruct musicians across the country and help set up the regional orchestras that were key to Sekou Toure's 'Authenticité' programme to promote and proliferate 'authentic' Guinean traditional music after colonial rule.[2]From the mid 1980s Soumah developed an idiosyncratic blend of jazz and African traditional music.

He died suddenly on June 15, 2003.[3] At the time of his death Soumah was musical director of Circus Baobab.[4]


  • Matchowé (1992)
  • Afro Swing (2001)
  • Momo Le Doyen (soundtrack, 2007)
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