With heavy hearts, we are sharing the tragic news of the untimely loss of the beloved Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou). He died suddenly leaving his family and friends in disbelief and grief. Read on to know more about his death in detail.
What happened to Baba Commandant?
Baba Commandant, an original and eccentric character who is well admired in the Burkinabé musical community passed away suddenly.
We must show his loved ones our utmost respect and compassion during this challenging time. They are traveling through a terrible and incredibly personal period of loss, looking for consolation and healing when the time is right.
We may be sure that they will provide all pertinent information about the obituary, funeral plans, and memorial services when the time is appropriate.
Baba Commandant cause of death:
Baba Commandant aka Mamadou Sanou passed away on November 26, 2023, after suffering from malarial fever.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES announced this sad news on social media, saying,
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Mamadou Sanou (Baba Commandant) passed away in his hometown of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso yesterday. All we know at the moment is, a fatal bout of malaria was the reason.
I would like to thank everyone who was a part of this incredible tour in 2023 that we all helped to make such a success. Baba was truly beaming with joy from the love and hospitality that was afforded to all of us.
Sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and all who had the honor of witnessing one of the greatest to ever do it!
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Let’s show unity by supporting one another while coming from a position of understanding and compassion. Our thoughts and prayers extend to his loved ones with the hope that they may find solace in the Cherished Memories they hold of Baba.
Who was Baba Commandant?
Mamadou Sanou known by his stage name, Baba Commandant was a hardworking musician from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Since 1981, Baba has been in the Music industry.
He has performed, directed, danced, and written his way into developing his brand of Manding music, which is a blend of Afrobeat and Fela Kuti. Baba served as a musical teacher to kids and he teaches to play the Donso ngoni, Baba’s own instrument.
Baba was the lead singer and Donso n’goni player for his band, Mandingo Band. The band also includes lead guitarist Issouf Diabaté, bassist Wendeyida Ouedraogo, and drummer Abbass Kaboré. The group has released three albums, the most recent of which was recorded in 2022.
Redefining the boundaries between traditional and modern music, Baba was a kind of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music.
Tributes to Baba:
Matt Harnish posted,
So very very sad to hear of the passing of the mighty Baba Commandant. So very very happy I got to see him perform with his Mandingo Band in Iowa City just a couple short months ago. I’m a better person for having discovered his music & the world is a poorer place with his ascension. Rest In Power!
Style Weekly posted,
R.I.P. to musician Mamadou Sanou (Baba Commandant), who just over a month ago played the Richmond Folk Festival; and had played Richmond twice this year with his Mandingo Band.
Sam Locke Ward posted,
I’m absolutely heartbroken to hear of the passing of Baba Commandant. I feel so fortunate and honored that I got to see him and share the stage with his amazing Mandingo Band in Iowa City on their last tour. That night was truly a gift that reaffirmed everything that is good and holy about music to me. It affected me deeply and that there is no more is beyond tragic. We swim forever in the ocean of song. Love and peace.
Peter McElhinney posted,
So sorry to hear about the death of Baba Commandant. So fortunate to have experienced his vital force several times in a short period. A major loss.
Lucy Ilado wrote,
A library has burnt to the ground. RIP Baba Commandant
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