We bring the art of griot music to international listeners, using this music as a vehicle to send a positive message to the world while generating a sustainable income for the artists.


Griot (or jeli) music comes from the Manding, West African culture. Since 1235 CE, the start of the Malian Empire, the music and words inspired its listeners toward a greater good, toward living together in harmony. This noble profession and the style of message that it sends need not, nor should not, be fixed to one culture anymore. 

West African music with a message -- accessible to an international audience.

Famoro Dioubate, Guinean griot balafonist and Lisa Feder, American anthropologist and artistic director, work with Manding musicians and a cross-cultural team worldwide to create a Manding Sound. We support musicians in music production, live concerts, workshops, seminars, and video clips about Manding musicians in the world, at large.  

Manding Grooves is company dedicated to fair and equitable collaborations.
We support environmental, economical, social, and spiritual awareness in all of our work.  

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Artists we work with

Sekouba Kandia Kouyaté
Mohamed "Champion" Yonne
Seydou "Kanazoe" Diabaté 
Famoro Dioubaté
Gbessa Sékou Dioubaté


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