1955 (age 62)
Podor, Saint-Louis, Senegal
Mansour Seck is a blind Senegalese singer and musician born in Podor in 1950.
“He and I have two different roles - he is a guitarist and I am a singer. So when we work together, we complement each other." Thus Baaba Maal explains the relationship with his lifelong friend and music colleague, Mansour Seck.
Seck has been a leading figure in Dande Lenon, Baaba Maal's band, for many years, and performed on many of Baaba Maal's disks during that time. Mansour Seck has in the meantime also released disks under his own name. Seck and Maal come from the same town, Podor, in Northern Senegal. They grew up together and Mansour, who comes from a Griot family, introduced Baaba Maal to a line of music styles during their journeys across West Africa. They performed together in a group of traditional musicians and dances from Northern Senegal. Following the completion of Baaba Maal's studies at the conservatory in Dakar, he went to Paris to learn more about western music and modern arrangement. He saved all he earned by playing for the Senegalese in Paris in order to invite Mansour Seck and two other guitarists to come and stay with him. They formed a group that played in restaurants, parks, and other places where people stopped to hear them. Little by little they became known as Dande Lenol (The People's Voice), also the title of one of their songs. At that time, 1984, they recorded the album "Djaam Leeli". They later toured together in the USA. Mansour Seck's first solo release came in 1994.
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