Oumar Konate

Oumar Konate

Bamako, Bamako, MLI
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Emerging as a leading young master of the guitar, Oumar Konate plays a desert rock with shredding energy. Accompanied by deft collaborators, Makan Camara on percussion, Amadou Keita on balafon, and Cheick Siriman Sissoko on bass, the group's tight ensemble work stretches out the interconnections between cultures and generations.

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Biography

Oumar Konate is emerging as a leading young African master of the guitar. From Gao, Northern Mali, Oumar Konate immediately touched the spirit of his generation with his passion for music and song. While only six years old, Oumar was conducting his first band in the street in front of the family home!

While a student at the National School of Arts in Bamako Mali, Oumar recorded his first album Lahidou (The Promise) in 2007. He has since collaborated with many great names in Malian music. Among them are : Vieux Farka Toure, Sidi Toure, Khaira Arby and others. He is a featured guitartist on Sidi Toure's 2011album.  He regularly tours as backing guitarist to Vieux Farka Toure. He leads the house band on the popular monthly television variety show Tounkagouna on Malian National TV ORTM. 

In June 2011, he was invited to perform at the Mali Festival in Sweden. He toured the USA with singer Khaira Arby in the spring of 2012 and returned again with his own band in July of that year to perform at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and at the Grassroots Festival near Ithaca NY .

In January 2012, he appeared at the Festival au Desert, Essakane in Timbuktu, Mali. 

Oumar Konate has a new album "Addoh" on the Clermont Music label whose release date is May 2014. He will be touring North America in May to support that release and will perform in over 15 cities as well as at the Joshua Tree California Music Festival.  Oumar will return to North America in September to perform at Chicago's World Music Festival and at other Festivals and concert spaces. 

Lyrics

Ir Ganda Hassara / My Country is Destroyed

Written By: Oumar Konate

Our country is falling apart.
Our country is failing, destroyed.
Our country is in ruins; it is destroyed, decimated.
Abandoned, it is now transformed into a field of ruins.

Timbuktu is destroyed, the mausoleums, the mosques, the tombs of the saints and sages.
Gao is destroyed, the mausoleums, the mosques, the tombs of the saints and sages.
But, we are all from the same strain, bound by history and culture.
We should remain One and Indivisible.

Timbuktu is destroyed.
It really is in ruins.
Gao is destroyed.
It really is in ruins.
Diré is destroyed.
It really is in ruins.

Kidal is destroyed; the mausoleums, the mosques and the tombs of the saints and sages demolished.
Turn away from war and be enriched by our differences,
Because we are united by secular ties.
We are the same. We are the same.
Turn away from war and don’t destroy our country.

Our country is destroyed.
Our country is destroyed.
Our country is destroyed.
Let us unite because we are all the same.

Alahidou / The Promise

Written By: Oumar Konate

Nobility shows itself by respecting its commitments.
Nobility reflects patience, humility, and modesty.
On the basis of your oath,
Know that we are always mobilized around you.
Projects that were started before are now finished
And completed to everyone’s satisfaction.
Projects to be begun must also be completed
For the benefit of all Malians, even of all Africans.
Nobility is characterized by the realization of its promises:
Respect for its commitments.
Our generation is ambitious;
Our concerns are many and varied.
They must be taken seriously and put into action.
You have started projects;
You have finished them.
For the projects to be begun,
We are waiting for them to be carried out.
Nobility shows itself by respecting its commitments.

Discography

Lahidou (The Oath) 2007 [self released]
Addoh (Tears) May 2014 [Clermont Music CLE009]

Set List

Bisimillah
Ado
Ma Cherie
Ir Ganda Hassara
Allahidou
Ayere Yere

Ir Ganda Hassara

Maydeni

Ma Cherie

Henibombey