Pape Siriman Kanoute hails from the musical style factory of Dakar. Studying saxophone at Senegal's National Conservatory of Music, he spent ten years with the Senegalese National Orchestra, earning his wings. More importantly to his career, Kanoute spent his next years working with the Afro-Cuban fusion supergroup Africando, using his success from there to enable a life working in Italy to spread African culture. He soon formed the traditional Manding group Mande, with a number of jobs for National Italian Radio, as well as academic consultation and a pair of books on cultural affairs. After the presentation of a Vatican award, he began work on his first solo album, Kambalaba, which debuted with moderate success. A small amount of work with the Sicilian group Agricantus also led to an appearance on their album Ethnosphere. His overall body of work led to 2003's Griot from Senegal, in which he returns to a more traditional format, primarily playing the kora again and dropping the various fusion aspects that he had been working with.
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