Musician, Composer, Producer, Arranger
Kamale N'Goni player of Salif Keita since 2001

The groovy Harouna Samake is regarded as Mali's Kamale N'Goni player number one. He perfomes internationally with Salif Keita, and has recorded on more than 50 albums. Among those, 5 albums of Salif Keita, and then with Sali Sidibe, Blick Bassy, Bella Flick, Etienne Mbappé, Bassekou Kouyate, Toumani Diabate and many others.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.harounasamake.com

LIVE CONCERTS www.harounasamake.com/videos

FACE BOOK www.facebook.com/malibleu

Harouna Samake. Groovy & uplifting Kamale Blues from Mali "One of Mali's most versatile and exciting bands" - Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine

Harouna Samake was born in Dissan, Circle de Bougouni, in the Region of Sikasso, Mali in 1974. He started to play the ancient West African instrument Kamale N'Goni at the age of 8, when he fell in love with the instrument seeing someone playing it in his village. At 7 he had started to play on the one stringed Pati Kolombani. When he saw the N'goni, he collected a calabash and a branch for the handle, and found some strings too. Now he needed the leather and he couldn't find it in his village. But he met a N'Goni player who gave him his old skin, as he had just hunted a gazelle to change on his instrument. His name was Zoumana Traoré Dit Zoumana Barani. Harouna then went to another N'Goni player to ask him for help to ensemble his pieces into an instrument. His name was Amara Bocher, and he build Harouna's first N'Goni- As Harouna did not have money to pay for the N'Goni, Amara asked Harouna to help him fill his traditional matras with hay, and all of Harouna's friends helped with collecting the hay in the fields. Amara tuned the instrument, and when Harouna got it in his hands, it was as he could play anything coming to his mind.

It was a natural talent of his. There was no school in his village, and Harouna, instead of going to the neighbouring village to school with his brother, was chosen to work in the familly's field. This became his fortune, as he then had more time to cultivate his music. Later on in life, stories certainly changed. He met Bonnie Riatt at 'Festival sur le Dessert' and they jammed by the fire light the whole evening. She invited him to tour with her, but he couldn't make it, as he was touring with Salif Keita. But Bonnie Riatt liked Harouna's playing so much and gave him his first guitar as a gift to thank for their time together. Since then, Harouna has toured for more than 18 years with Salif Keita, and with Les Amassadeurs, and has recorded on more than 50 albums, among those, 5 albums of Salif Keita that he also arranged. And then with Blick Bassy, Etienne Mbappé, Bassekou Kouyate and many others. 

Harouna Samake 'Kamale Blues' In 2018 we recorded his first own full album at Harouna's own studio, Sama Studio Records, in Bamako. Recording engenier Yaya Diarra. The album is produced by Carolina Vallejo & Harouna Samake, and mixed by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann. It is mastered by Richard Plougmann, Ventura Records, Copenhagen. 'Kamale Blues' was released on August 16th 2018 on One World Records.



Sali Sidibe - Wassoulou Foli, Stern's Africa 1993 
Salif Keita - Moufou, Universal Music Jazz Africa 2002
Madan Various - Verve Today 2002 
Laban (as Harouna Samaké) Verve Records, Universal Music 2002 
Salif Keita - M'Bemba Universal Music Jazz France, EmArcy 2005 
Mamani Keita & Nicolas Repac - Yelema, No Format, Universal Music France 2006 
Kamoukie Various, Verve Today 2006 (Verve Records, Universal Music Group) 
Etienne Mbappe - Su La Take, O+ Evolution 2008
Salif Keita - La Diference, Universal Music Jazz Africa 2009
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula, Sub Pop 2009 
D'Gary Jam Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart (Tales From The Acoustic Planet Vol. 3 Africa Sessions) Rounder Records 2009 
Horoscope, La Chanson Du Dimanche - Plante Un Arbre, La Pêche Production 2009 
Blick Bassy - Léman (CD, Album, Dig) World Connection 2009 
Mamani Keita & Nicolas Repac -Gagner L'argent Français, No Format, Universal Music Jazz France 2011 
Blick Bassy - Hongo Calling, World Connection, World Connection 2011 
Salif Keita - Talé, Cartell Music, Universal Music France, EmArcy 2012
Zani Diabaté & Les Héritiers - Tientalaw, Stern's Music 2012 
Musow - For Our Women, Outhere Records 2012
Take It On The Chin and 1 more, Dirtmusic - Troubles 2013 
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko, Out Here Records 2013 
Moussa Diallo - Black Night Blues Pour Les Émigrés, Miniyamba, Tiger Music, 2013 
Djessou Mory Kanté - River Strings – Maninka Guitar, Stern's Africa 2014 
Yirimadjo (as Harouna Samaké) Trio Da Kali - Trio Da Kali, World Circuit 2015 
Sali Sidibe - Wale Gnouma Don (Cass) Kabako Soundi 2017
Harouna Samake - Kamale Blues, One World Records 2018
Salif Keita - Un otre blanc, Naïve Records 2018 



All Music ©by Harouna Samake
Recorded & Pre Mixed by Yaya Diarra
Sama Studio Records
Bamako, Mali 2018
Produced by Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo
Executive Producer Carolina Vallejo
Mixed by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann
Mastered by Richard Plougmann
Ventura Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark 
'Kamale Blues' ©℗One World Records 2018
All Rights Reserved www.oneworldsmusic.com
The album has kindly been supported by 
The Danish Music Publishers, Koda's Cultural Foundation &
The Danish Arts Foundation. 

TOP 16 Best Albums of 2018, Forbes Afrique

Nominated for AFRIMA AWARDS 2018 

TOP 40 Transglobal Worldmusic Charts Sept, Oct, Nov, December 2018 

The Academia Award Gold Medal 'Best World Music Album' Oct 2018 

The International Song Competition 2018, 3rd Prize (given in May 2019)

TOP 10 Mixed World Music 2018

Selected for WOMEX SHOW CASE 2018

KEXP Live performance 2018

Harouna Samake Kamale N’goni & Vocal
Assetou Diakite Vocal
Carl Winther Keys
Mike Clinton Bass
Legre Thibaut Sery Drums & Voc
Madou Kaki Percussion


Carolina Vallejo mail@oneworldsmusic.com

photos ©Carolina Vallejo