Tambaoura Jazz was formed in Kénièba, a village in the Kayes region, in the context of the regional cultural weeks of Mali in the 70s. During this biannual cultural event, each region sent their orchestra to compete in Bamako. The members of these official regional orchestras were selected from local groups as Tambaoura Jazz, who played for the first phase of the competition in the regional capital.
Tambaoura Jazz was composed by Mamoutou Camara called Mangala, Abdoul Karim Bagaga, Moulaye Mourou, Djelibani Sissoko and Broda Diabaté. Mangala Camara left the band to start his personal career but Tambaoura continued performed until 1986.
After more than 40 years, the living members of the band reunited to record the album Tribute to Mangala where they combined the Khasonke et Mandingue traditional repertoires.