Moussa Bangoura was born and raised in Guinea, West Africa. He is from a ‘griot’ family. Among other things griots are musicians, story tellers, peace makers, and advisors. They are the keepers of the tradition, which was in oral form only until recently, when writing was introduced in West Africa. Like most griots, Moussa started training at a very young age – especially focusing on drums (djembe, dundun, sangban, kenkeni styles), balafon (a marimba-like instrument), and kora (a stringed calabash harp instrument).
Moussa moved to the U.S. several years ago and now lives in Honolulu, Hawai’i where he continues the tradition of sharing his culture through performing and teaching druming, balafon, and kora.