The late, great Malian griot Tiécoro Sissoko passed away in 2012, before the release of his first album under his own name. Born into a family of griots in Kenieba, in the westernmost Kayes Region of Mali, music surrounded him as a child. He started out playing tamani and ngoni but switched instruments when his brother Djelimady helped him buy his first guitar and instructed him when he moved to Bamako. Over the years Tiécoro Sissoko worked with many artists, including Toumani Diabaté who he performed with weekly, Mangala Camara and Zani Diabaté. He spent time in groups like Bama Sabba and Bambara Percussion Group before he formed his own band, Super Sabaiya, which evolved into Tomokorobogou Fulani.