A prolific musician, Oumar Konaté is emerging as a leading young African guitar master and on track to become one of the new legends of singer-songwriters from Mali.
Konaté performs constantly at festivals, clubs and private parties. He has accompanied many Malian artists on their concerts and recordings: Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaira Arby, among others.
From the city of Gao in the north of Mali, Oumar Konaté first caught people's attention in primary school on the strength of his talent with an old bucket in the road outside his family home. Whilst still in high school, Konaté accompanied the Gao Orchestra on their national tour. Later he enrolled at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako and self-recorded his first album 'Lahidou’ (The Oath).
In 2008, Konaté performed at Mali's National Biennale in Kayes as guitarist and arranger for the National Institute Orchestra. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. In 2010, he performed at the Mali Voices Festival in Sweden. In 2012, he appeared at Mali’s Festival in the Desert. The same year he accompanied Khaira Arby on her North American tour. In 2013 and 2014, he toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure.
In May 2014, Clermont Music released Konaté’s international debut album, Addoh, and this was followed by enthusiastically received tours across North America. In 2016, Konaté was awarded a Tamani d'Or by the Malian music industry for his work. The same year, Clermont Music released his second international album "Maya Maya" which was also highly praised. His brilliant latest album, I Love You Inna, brings fresh energy to the mix. Sometimes jubilant, sometimes angry, Oumar Konaté is a promising talent who is now making waves across several continents.