Malian multi-intrumentalist and singer Baba Sissoko belongs to a dynasty of griots - a West African caste of musicians and poets. As a young boy, he learned the tamani, or talking drum, with his grand-father, Djeli Baba Sissoko. Baba would later go on to master the ngono and the ntaman, two traditional instruments he played as a member of L'Ensemble instrumental du Mali. In 1991, Sissoko founded Taman Kan, releasing a self-titled album four years later. Fond of musical marriages, he also took to mixing jazz and blues with the traditional sounds of his native country. Such experiments have led to collaborations with Sting, Santana, Dee Dee Bridgewater or Omar Sosa, as part of the Afreecanos Quintet. In 2009, Sissoko founded the Bamako Jazz Festival and released Culture Griot, an album he recorded with Aka Moon and percussion ensemble Black Machine.