Baba Konaté comes from a long line of griots (West African poets and praise singers) whose music is passed on from father to son. He began learning percussion at the age of 5 and his talent and passion for music

soon earned him a position as a soloist within his family.

At the age of 18 he founded “Troupe Badema”, comprising of percussionists, dancers and singers. At the same time he was trained as an artistic director by the teachers Alassaned Kongo and Yaya Konaté from the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Burkina Faso.

Today, he divides his time between concerts in Africa and Europe, participating in National Culture Weeks, teaching and making percussion instruments (djembé, tama, dumdum and balafon)

Babe Konaté is a musician with vision who strives to bring his musical traditions into contact with the rest of the world. This spirit of engagement has brought him together with many musicians from other cultures and these encounters have driven him to develop his music and his ideas: an endeavour which has naturally brought him to work with jazz, blues or modern music groups.

Baba Konaté has been director of Troupe Badema since its creation in 1992. The group regularly gives concerts and performs at festivals and cultural competitions in Burkina Faso. In 2004 he toured France with his group, giving a number of percussion workshops (Musique du Bac, J B de la Salle )

Since 2002, he has been a sideman in the By-Spiel Project and has joined them on tour in Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Madagascar. He's also played with the group at a number of festival: Jazz à Ouaga (Burkina Faso), Saint-Louis Jazz festival (Senegal), French Cultural Centre in Dakar, Just4U in Dakar (Senegal), Madajazzcar (Madagascar), Jazz at L'A.M.R, Geneva (Switzerland).

In his work teaching musical language at the Conservatoire de Genève, he has joined forces with a professor there, Pascal Schaer, to develop teaching materials (sheet music, CD, etc) to help students learn rhythm, tempo and group work.

He has performed with Pascal Schaer's quartet at numerous concerts in Switzerland and France, notably at the Altdorf (Lucerne) and Lafi Bala (Chambéry) international festivals. He is also a sideman of the Swiss group NK.

In 2005 he continued to run teacher workshops at the Conservatoire de Genève and also runs children's workshops on musical awareness and elementary and advanced music in Burkina Faso and Geneva.

Baba Konaté has performed with:

Olombelo Ricky (perc) – Maurice Magnoni (saxophone) - Lars Lindvall (trumpet) - Cyril Moulas (guitar) - Michel Wintch (piano) - Béatrice Graf (drums) Andreas Fulgosi (guitar) – Luigi Galati (drums) – Pascal Schaer (trombone) Nicola Orioli (clarinet), Bassekou Kouyaté (n'goni,) Neba Solo (balafon).