Zoumana Tereta


Zoumana “Zou” Tereta is an acclaimed master of the soku or the njarka, a monochord violin. Throughout his career, he accompanied renowned musicians such as Bassékou Kouyaté, Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Djénéba Seck, and Toumani Diabaté. Zou was also part of  Badéma National and the l’Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali orchestras. He finally released his debut album, “Niger Blues” in 2003 and worked on Dee Dee Bridgewater’s album, “Red Earth.”

A native of Saï, a Bozo village near the town of Macina, Zou use to hide behind baobab trees to avoid a father who did not want him to play music.

He spent time as a truck driver, criss-crossing the Ivory Coast and Mali with his trusted soku always by his side. Sadly, Zou passed away in 2017 before his album  “Bozo Fama” could be released.

His final album is based on rearrangements of Ségou's Bambara pentatonic repertoire augmented by the unique touch of his trusted soku.