Moussa Dembele comes from a traditional Bwa Bwa Griot family of musicians and craftsmen from Burkina Faso and Mali who have been making and playing musical instruments for generations. He was trained by his father and various family members from a young age. He has gone on to become a professional musician and teacher as well as a master craftsman of West African instruments all of which he has done for the last fifteen years.
Dembele has toured extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Israel as a freelance multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. He spent many years based in Ghana where he played balafon for the renowned Pan-African Orchestra. In addition to the balafon, he also plays the kora and ngoni and percussion including djembe, doum doum and talking drum.
Now based in London, as well as leading his band Koroleko, Moussa has performed as a soloist, for Greenbelt Festival (2017) Lion's Den Opening Show - Boomtown (2018) and Shropshire Music Trust. As well, Moussa played with bands including Native Sun and Minyanta. Additionally, Moussa recorded on tracks with Afriquoi and did a soundtrack for the film Black is King by Beyonce.
Moussa continues to build exquisite Kora (African harp), Balafon (African xylophone) Ngoni (African lute), Djembe(drum) and Doum Doum (bass drum) and can also repair all those instruments.
Do not hesitate to get in contact if you have an upcoming project or event and need a musician specializing in West African music to collaborate with or perform. Equally, if you are looking for a high-quality hand made kora or balafon or need an existing instrument to be fixed Moussa can help.
(Above) Solo Performance - Amal Stage - Greenbelt Festival 2017
(Below) Lion's Den Opening Show - Boomtown 2018