Mamar Kassey is a jazz-pop-ethnic band from Niger. It is named after a legendary warrior who extended the Songhai Empire into the Sahara.
Its leader is the singer and flautist, Yacouba Moumouni. The group combines traditional Houssa, Djerma, Peul and Songhai rhythms, instruments such as the Molo (lute with skin-covered body), and modern instruments such as the electric bass guitar. Their sound also incorporates western jazz, Moroccan and latin music.
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