Super Yankadi USA presents...
Master West African Drummer
Raised in Mali, West Africa, Madou comes from a family
of 33 generations of jembe players. Madou began drumming
as a young boy under the tutelage of his grandfather.
His skills were so accomplished that when he was still
too small to carry his own drum, a neighbor kidnapped him
and took him on a performing tour of several cities.
In 1995 African singer Machange Camara brought Madou
to America to perform with her. Madou soon emerged as
lead soloist with the legendary Baba Olatunji and Drums of Passion.
Madou's performances have thrilled audiences at the
Kennedy Center and the Guggenheim. One performance for
the Hunger Project in NYC so impressed the president of
Mali that he asked for a private audience with Madou.
Madou has performed with Stevie Wonder and Blue Man Group, recorded with Herbie Hancock, toured with Ziggy Marley, and was a featured performer for six months at Disney World.
He headlined the prestigious Des Moines Arts Festival in 2003 and performed for The World Food Prize (The "Nobel Prize"
for Food) in the Iowa State Capitol Building Rotunda in 2004.
He continues to play for African baptisms, weddings, and
other cultural celebrations. He also conducts drum and dance
classes and workshops throughout the U.S.
Madou's personal mission rings loud and clear: "God wanted man
to be happy, so he gave him the power to drum. I play my drum
to spread peace and love throughout the world. This is what
I have come to do."