Soussaba Kouyaté OuologuemSoussaba Kouyaté is a professional make-up artist for eminent TV guests and presenters as well as cinema actors. She received her qualification in professional make-up from the Christian Chauveau École Supérieure de Maquillage Artistique in France. Her professional career began in 2000 with the signing of key contracts with great filmmakers like the South African Zola Masseko, the French Lucas Belveaux and Saran Bouyaain, the Mauritian Abderrahmane Sissako, Issa Traoré, Dani Kouyaté, Fanta Nacro, Sékou Traoré, Adama Rouamba and Cédric Ido, all from Burkina Faso, as well as the Malian Salif Traoré and Cheick Oumar Sissoko. She worked as a make-up artist at the theatres of Peter Brook, Sotigui Kouyaté, Patrick Mohr (Switzerland) and Hassane Kouyaté. She was part of the African integration production team, for the television channel Africable and since 2010 has worked for DFA, a communication, advertising and public awareness film production agency. She then launched herself into the world of storytelling and orality by taking part in storytelling internships at the “Yeleen” festival in Burkina Faso and the “les Voix de Bamako” festival in Mali. She studied acting and directing under her father, the famous Sotigui Kouyaté. She has recited at the “Nâamu” Festival of Storytelling and Orality; at the 3rd “Caravane du Conte” festival in 2013 instituted by the German Malian Cultural Circle (CCGM).
Cheik Oumar SidibéBorn 21 July 1982 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Cheik Oumar Sidibé started studying in Abobo after obtaining completing his schooling in Bilogical Sciences at Lycée Massa Makan Diabaté. It was here that his passion for theatre and dance was born. In between his studies he produced traditional and modern dance choreographies and adapted novels. In 2007 he joined the Balla Fasséké Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia where he distinguished himself. In 2009 he started his career as a comedian. He now considers himself a stage actor and comedian. He participated in the 2009 UNESCO clubs festival of West Africa (FESCUOA) in Lomé as a comedian and was ranked among the top comedians on “Yèlèbougou”, a comedy show on ORTM, Mali's national channel. He is a presenter on the comedy show Sewa Yiriba which screens every Sunday. He was invited to perform at the International Festival of Slam and Comedy in Niamey. As a comedian he is known for his baby's bottle and his role as Cheknito, captain of the babies He is the main character of the film “Tourbillon à Bamako” by Dominiqu Fillippe and plays parts in the televised series “Badjéné” and “Rois de Ségou”. He participated as a storyteller in the “Caravane du Conte” festival in Bamako in 2013 at the invitation of CCGM.
Cell: +223 79 18 72 93 / 65 98 70 21
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Coulibaly DaoudaArtist, actor, comedian, storyteller, he had his beginnings in directing. He is a 2nd year dramatic arts student at the National Institute of arts in Bamako. He is part of the “Yèlèbougou” group, a TV comedy sketch directed by Konan Diabaté. In the world of theatre, he has worked with Aguibou Dembélé (Mali), Kariba Dembélé (Mali), Lamissa Traoré (Mali), Soma Doumbia (Mali), Salif Berthé (Mali), Amadou Niangaly (Mali) and under the direction of Jerry (Mali) he appeared in the theatre film “La revenante” and with Amadou Niangaly (Mali) in “Bouba, l'orphelin”. His first ventures in storytelling began with Toumani Kouyaté and Paul Zoungrana at the Yeleen festival in Burkina Faso with Salif Berthé and Sylvain Kodio of the “Sac à parole” association of Mali at the 'Namu' festival of storytelling and orality. These experiences have led him to work with the German Malian Cultural Circle (CCGM) in the storytelling festival.
Aïssata Boucary MaïgaBorn in Monimpébougou in the Macina province, Ségou Region She is the daughter of an administrator and is of Hombori origins. From a young age she has been interested in bricolage, music and theatre. She was close to her parents growing up and got finished school in 2006. On her parents' suggestion, she began her studies in the faculty of languages and humanities. Soon afterwards, she left this faculty to sing backup for musicians like Samba Diallo, Djos Samaké, etc. Her parents then allowed her to register at the Balla Fasséké Kouyaté Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia in Bamako in 2010. She is currently in her 4th year studying theatre. Aïssata has acted in Soussaba Cissé's “Ngunu Ngunu kan”, Ousmane Sow's “52”, Aristide Canargda's “Je venais défier le ciel” as well as working with Mariam Dembélé. She is also a member of "MOFAC" a theatrical group. Her mottos in life are: “hard work pays” and “anything we do, we should do with love”.
Cell: +223 65 74 29 01
Gouro DialloGouro Diallo is originally from Konio in Djenné Province. He left high-school in order to follow his passion and enrolled at the National Institute of the Arts (INA) in Bamako and studied dramatic arts at the Conservatory of Arts and Multimedia in Bamako from 2008 until 2013. He has taken part in two arts and culture biennales and has completed sound and light management internships at the Hamadou Hampaté Ba Palace of Culture. He has also trained as a Clown and danced with the Tou-couleur d'Eva association as well as doing dramaturgy and directing. He is an actor, singer and guitarist. He has a comprehensive knowledge of African and world theatre. He has acted in films such as “laisser mon mari” and “Les rois de Ségou” as well as in television advertisements. He has also taken part in tours to the interior of the country performing in sketches that promote awareness in the fields of education, sanitation, citizenship etc. In addition he teaches dramatic arts in a Lycée with a literature focus and is an intern radio presenter for radio Djédougou in Dioro.
Cell: (223) 79 43 96 46 / 67 68 38 62
Maïmouna SamakéMaïmouna has had a passion for arts in general and for music in particular since childhood. Her fate, however, led her to become a professional actor after obtaining her degree from the National Institute of Arts (INA) after 4 years of studying dramatic arts. She has been cast in a number of plays like “Nathan le Sage” played by Mom Ekissi, “Le miroir du voisin” and Boubacar Belco Diallo's “Jardin de femmes”. She is currently part of a large theatrical production with director Jean Claude Fall in collaboration with Blomba. She has had roles in Malian films notably “Dou, la Famille” and “Les Rois de Ségou” directed by Boubacar Sidibé and “Karim et Doussou” by Aïda Mady Diallo under the auspices of Afribone. She is very popular in Mali thanks to her films and television advertisements. She is a member of the Palace of Culture “Hamadou Hampaté Ba” drama troupe. She took part as a storyteller in the 3rd “Caravane du Conte” festival in 2013 instituted by the German Malian Cultural Circle (CCGM) in Bamako.
Georges Djodji AkibodéHolder of an MBA in Project Management from the African Institute of Management, Djodji Akibodé has taken part in numerous artistic activities as an actor, musician, storyteller and director. Akibodé has developed a relatively original artistic style with elements of play and learning which opens it up to various artistic disciplines. He acted alongside Dany Glover in the film Bamako as well as in a number of well-received films the latest of which was TOURBILLON A BAMAKO. At the fifty year Mali independence jubilee he shared the stage with Salif Keita. He calls himself a hybridity activist. Since 2006, he has been a key proponent of the many artistic projects held under the auspices of the German Mali Cultural Circle. Some of these include works like “Les Musiciens de Brême » in 2006, “La fille du roi” and “la grenouille” in 2007, “Les Trois sourds” in 2008, “Nathan le Sage” in 2009, “Le Mur de Berlin” in 2010, “Le Choc des cultures” in 2011, “CRI” in 2012 and “Bamako-Berlin” in October 2013. Georges manages aspects of various collaborations with the French Institute of Bamako planning artists' activities at the Exodus cultural space of which he is a co-promoter along with the celebrated Malian filmmaker and former Minister of Culture Cheick Oumar Cissoko. Since 2006 he has taken part every year at the festival of reality theatre as an actor and director. His last production TOMBOUCTOU is currently on a national tour of Mali's biggest cities.
Cell: (223) 79 16 88 08
Ambaga GuindoAmbaga Guindo is an artist, actor, storyteller and holder of a degree in dramatic arts from the National Institute of arts in Bamako. Formerly a teacher at a private school where he worked for three years, he decided to devote himself completely to art and culture. Since 2000 he has acted on Malian, African and European stages as well as performing the story “Zirin”. He is often called upon to act in sitcoms.
Tél : (223) 66 78 60 17 / 73 45 21 29
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Bibata Ibrahim MaïgaMy name is Bibata Ibrahim Maïga, often called Bee des Askia. I was born on 4 February 1993 in Gao, Mali. I wanted to learn English after finishing high-school so I studied at the University of Letters and Humanities of Bamako but my passion for art drove me to register at the Bamako Conservatory of Arts where I am currently in my 2nd year studying dance. My literature professor encouraged me to pursue this dream. I love reading and sport and I participated in my first inter-school poetry competition organised by ORTM where I won first prize. One year later, I entered Maxi Vacance and was a finalist. I took part in a dance festival in Niger the year after and several artists have since asked me to collaborate with them. My greatest passion is contemporary dance but I also love cinema, an area I would love to work in very soon.
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Aïcha DiarraAïcha Diarra was born in Bamako in 1994. She grew up in a large family with many brothers, sisters, cousins, and aunts; she started school at age four in Bamako. According to the people closest to her, during her childhood, from the moment she started school until the she completed her final year, she was always at the top of her grade. Aïcha started writing her first poems at nine years of age. Her first poetry collection is entitled "Les larmes de la tombe" and is a work of rich imagination: a young girl speaks of her grandfather, of loneliness, love, and life's problems like hunger and poverty. Her second book is a book of poetry entitled: De la poésie à la prophétie. Nietsche and Victor Hugo are her favourite authors. She is a great football player and plays midfield for a women’s team in Bamako taking part in an international tournament for under fourteens in Norway in 2008. Super Club, her team, won the tournament in which 81 countries had competed. (See images at norwaycup2008.com Mali).
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