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Champion Yonne

Mohamed Champion Yonne

Composer, Arranger, lead guitarist founder of Complète Mandingue, Afro-Jazz band

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Mohamed "Champion" Yonne (Kouyate) is well-spoken and talented afro-jazz griot, composer, and guitarist from Kankan, Guinea. Based in Paris since 2015, he has launched several projects, including his Afro-Jazz band, Complète Mandingue, which combines traditional Manding guitar with Jazz, Blues, Salsa, Funk, and more. He may be a global guitarist, but he remains solidly a griot in his behavior, the way he speaks, the way he addresses people. "Je ne bougerai pas de ça!" I'll never move from being a griot, he confirms. 

"Cubano" performed live at Café des Sports, Paris 20e in July 2022. An Afro-Jazz mix with Salsa.

"Karan" or Education is a song about the importance of teaching our children well. Subtitled in French from Malinké

Interview with Manding Grooves, Lisa Feder for Afropop Worldwide, radio show in New York.  

Mohamed Champion et Complète Mandingue 2023, Paris, featuring David Neerman, Vibraphones

"Kelai"   A musical clip from Mohamed Champion and Complète Manding that tells Guinea's ethnic groups to stop talking war, or you will regret it! We are all humans! 

"Djely Deen Koura" Par Mohamed Champion Yonne et Complète Mandingue. Paris, 2023. 

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