Bwazan Director
Lead Djembe, Balafon, Vocals, Kamal N’goni

Bassidi Koné is of Bobo origin, whose family originates in the region of San in Segou, Mali. Born into a djelis (Griot) family, Bassidi grew up beside his father’s favourite instrument, the balafon (a traditional, wooden xylophone). InstilledBassidi Night-6774 with the traditional songs and rhythms of his forefathers, Bassidi carried on his family’s musical heritage, quick to show promising skill in both the balafon and the djembe (hand drum). During his early teenage years, Bassidi moved to Bamako, and it was here he met Koninba Bagayogo; a meeting that played a big role in determining his musical career as a percussionist. Playing alongside this master djembefola (djembe player) at various ceremonies, weddings, and christenings, the young Bassidi extended his knowledge and skill with clear resolve, distinguishing himself through his innovative solo lead playing and technical virtuosity.

Bassidi founded Bwazan in 2005.

Bassidi Koné in Australia

In Australia, Bassidi collaborates with internationally diverse ensemble groups. He tours as a solo artist and collaborates with musicians from varied musical backgrounds, delving into afro-jazz, latin, reggae, classical and contemporary genres. His skilful artistry shows his ability to adapt these varied genres with his own, while honouring the integrity of his own heritage.

“Traveling from his culturally rich and vibrant homeland of Mali (West Africa), following in the footsteps of great artists before him such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabaté and Rokia Traoré, virtuoso drummer and balafonist Bassidi Koné now brings his shining spirit and awe inspiring musical expression to Australia”.

Multicultural Arts Victoria
Melbourne, Australia

For more information about Bassidi Koné, please visit his website at


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