Sublime percussionist, Labouzou is ranked among the five master drummers of West Africa. Born Daouda Dembélé, he began playing together with Papa Gaoussou Diarra and Aboubacar Kissa of the illustrious and acclaimed orchestra Super Biton de Ségou.
Before the 2012 crisis, Labouzou owned for many years Labouzou Percussion, a boutique of traditional instruments, and a manufacturing and training center in Ségou downtown. His headquarters trained and equipped countless African and Western professional musicians.
Môbaso is his first and only album recorded, but for decades his name in Ségou and Bamako’s nightlife scene has been synonymous with high-energy and fun music, perfect for those looking to let loose on the dance floor.
His style is clearly based on the pentatonic rhythms of his native Ségou and the songs on Môbaso album are a fusion of Bambara pentatonic music, Nigerian highlife and afrobeat.