Mouneissa Tandina


Originally from the city of Ségou, Mouneissa was born in the sixties. She comes from a family of musicians and her dad, Mamoud Tandina, is one of the pioneers of modern music in Mali. He played in the group "Ségou Jazz" in the 50s and 60s. Mouneissa is also the sister-in-law of Mahamane Tandina, a member of the Asselars of Abidjan in 1980.

Very young, she was influenced by American and modern African music as the modern orchestras of Mali, but the future musician will take taste for the guitar. After noticing the difficulty to emerge with this instrument, Mouneissa will turn to the battery. But before, she will try on Djémbé that his mother will buy her to perform before taking his favorite instrument that will allow her to break into his category. Indeed, she has been playing drums for more than 30 years.

It is the encouragement and support of her family that will encourage her to have confidence and to go further with the instrument of 7 percussions. It is with Djoss dit Yéyé Koumba of the Biton orchestra that she will take her first steps in the drums in the 70's.

After hard trials in her career to reach the summit and with the desire to assert herself to mark her footprints in Malian music, Mouneissa will accompany the modern orchestras of Mali. In the 70s and 80s, she accompanied the Biton orchestra of Ségou, the Rail Band of the Buffet Hôtel de la Gare under the direction of Djéli Mady Tounkara and Tidiane Koné. Outings that will allow her to have a brilliant artistic career. Between 1980 and 1984, Mouneissa Tandina will stay in Abidjan to accompany the ASSELARS of Cheick Tidiane Seck and the international Ambassadors of Salif Keita. The opportunity for her to meet several artists of great renown as Ernesto Djedje, Louga François and Aisha Kone.

In addition to the drums, the artist Mouneissa plays marvelously well on the guitar, the calabash and the kamaléngoni. All associated with an attractive and captivating voice.

Returning to the fold in 1984, the artist will serve the group of Toumani Diabaté. In 1991, she released her first album with Modibo Diarra under the name of Tandina Brothers. In 2003, she created the group "MALI MOUSSO" and the shot is gone. Mouneissa will multiply international tours under contract with major luminaries of Malian music including Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita, Aly Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate.

She will participate in the world festival in June 2003 in Holland. She has also taken part in international music events such as the Washington Folk Life Festival, the London Jazz Festival and the Paleo Festival in Switzerland. In 2010, she will accompany the KONO - KONO Group in Denmark, to name just a few.

After a busy and successful artistic career, Mouneissa has nothing to prove in music. However, she regrets one thing. Indeed, for more than 30 years in the service of music and despite having raised the national flag very high, Mouneissa Tandina, the little sister of the Grand Mahamane Tandina, has not yet received any distinction from the Malian authorities, no sign of recognition. In addition, she praises the good deeds of Cheick Tidiane Seck who allowed her to discover the whole world and gave value to her work.

Strongly committed to the emergence and progress of women in the musical field, she invites her young sisters to learn the trade seriously. "A women's music band always goes first on all the stages of the world," she says.