Mouneissa Tandina

A native of the city of Ségou, Mouneissa was born in the 1960s. She comes from a family of musicians and her father, Mamoutou Tandina, is one of the pioneers of modern music in Mali. Mouneissa is also the sister-in-law of Mahamane Tandina, a member of Les Asselars.

At a very young age, Mouneissa began playing guitar, but quickly turned to drums. She started her carrer by playing with the Super Biton de Ségou and the Rail Band of the Buffet Hôtel de la Gare. During her stay in Abidjan, between 1980-84, she joined Cheick Tidiane Seck's Asserlars and Salif Keita's Ambassadors

Back to Bamako in 1991, she released her first album with Modibo Diarra under the name of Tandina Brothers. Since then, Mouneissa multiplies international tours with great luminaries of Malian music such as Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita, Aly Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate and works with Les Amazons d'Afrique.

In addition to drums, Mouneissa sings and plays guitar, calabash and kamaléngoni. After more than 30 years of playing drums, she currently focuses on the interpretation of traditional repertoire through singing and playing guitar.