20 - February - 2019

Aboulaye Koné & Bolo Kan

Afro - Afro Beat - Roots - World
From Montréal, Quebec


Nominated for 2012 JUNO Awards for World Music Album of the Year.

Born in Ivory Coast, Aboulaye Koné son of griot finds the music inside his family in the Burkina Faso with Djeli Baba Kienou. In this privileged environment of the African culture, the artistic formation of the musician begins from the childhood. The tradition is anxious to continue solidly by transmitting the knowledge of generation in generation. It is thus in this context that he becomes a percussionist as well as a guitarist mandingue highly skilled. He accompanies several African stars : Go of Koteba, Adama Dramé and Kandia Kouyaté. 
His arrival to Montreal didn’t switch off his activity at all. These various artistic implications are numerous. He accompanies several African stars of passage in Montreal. He plays with Sonatata Kondé, Fodé Kouyaté, Tiranké Sidibé, Bambino And Prince Djabaté. 
Fickle, he is a member of the François Bourassa Ensemble. This high-quality jazz formation is recipient of several prizes : Juno, Félix and Opus Awards. His second participation in François Bourassa's discography sees honoring by the title of song: Aboubou. 
He is a guitarist in the group of Zal Idrissa Sissokho: Buntalo. He is an integral part of the big show Nouba in Corona which was produced and broadcasted by CBC where fifteen artists of different origins meet. He participates, supervised by Éval Manigat, in "House Band" of the show Afrika Musique where he accompanies among others Lokua Kanza. In 2007, we heard him repeatedly, in the TV and radio jingle to promote ESPACE MUSIQUE.

He is a founder member of S’Temps d’Art Africain, a working cooperative in the field of dance and percussions from Western Africa’s teaching. He receives in 2007 and 2008 and 2009 grants from the Canada Council for the Arts in mandingue guitar and from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec in African percussions.

Since 2009, he participates in the Theater Motus in the play Baobab. He is the creator of the music and the sound environment. He made more than 400 representations in American, Canadian and African cities. This play obtained several prizes, the Critics' Prize 2010 of the AQCT, and the DORA Awards.

In 2004, he sets up the group Bolo Kan: Percussion, Acoustic and Electric. He needs these three colors always in the style mandingue to deliver us his creations. He wishes to widen and to spread this genre very listened to and respected in western Africa. Recognized by his peers as a musician mandingue incontested, he brings in ground from Quebec his inheritance by his original compositions and his interpretations of sometimes hundred-years-old pieces. Bolo Kan Électrique won Syli d’Argent 2008 and Bolo Kan Percussion Syli d’Or 2009 in the competition of the world music organized by Nuits d’Afrique.

In 2011, thanks to the help of the Canada Council for the Arts, he launches his first CD: Afo Gné, a soft mixture in three colors of the mandingue. This album was nominated in the JUNO Awards on 2012 in the category: World Music Album of the Year.

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Festival des Guitares du Monde - Rouyn Noranda, Quebec Canada - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Band Members

Aboulaye Koné
Cédric Dind-Lavoie
Maxime Audet-Halde
Thierry Arsenault
Hugo Monroy
Mamadou Koïta
Tapa Diarra


Annie-Claude Duchesne
Les Productions Bolo Kan
Email: info@aboulayekone.com
Phone: 514 495 2437
Mobile: 514 688 2437
Montréal, Quebec
Canada, H2S 2C7


Afo Gné
Ind, 2011