Salif (Lasso) Sanou
Salif Sanou, known as Lasso, was born into a griot family established in a Boaba village named Konkuy-Boho, in the province of kossi in the north-west of Burkina Faso. Being griot from father to son for several generations, he grows up in a universe where music and speech are at the heart of life. Thus he discovered his talents early for several traditional instruments and for singing. Initially introduced to percussion with balafon, doum-doums, tam-tom with greenhouses, tamani, bara and djembe, he continues his discovery of talents with kambélé n’goni in 1999. It is From there that Salif was nicknamed Lasso, this one becomes his name of artist. In 2004, Lasso discovered a passion and an incredible skill for the pop flute (flute mandingue or flute to speak), with his cousin and master Dramane Dembélé.
After playing for several years with renowned artists in Burkina Faso, Lasso arrives in Quebec in 2009. He has appeared in several events including the opening of the Olympic Games in Nanaimo (Vancouver), the Québec City Music Festival , The Benefit Evening for Young Musicians of the World, and the National Day of Quebec. He has also participated in street theater events and shows in small halls, bars and cafes as well as performing with the Motus Theater Group for the internationally acclaimed play “Baboab”. He has accompanied several artists at various festivals, including the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Francofolies.
As a singer-songwriter, He formed in November 2009 his own band called Lasso & SINI-KAN (the voice of tomorrow). This band is composed of a mix of traditional instruments (balafon, flute, kambélé n’goni, tamani, percussions) and modern instruments (vibraphone, drums, guitar, bass). Together, they create harmony between traditional Mandingo music and several other musical styles (jazz, blues, rock, reggae) in order to create their own musical genre: Fusion Reggae Afro Mandingue Métissé ( FRAMM ).
The band performed many times Balattou (Montreal), the Bobards (Montreal), the Ninkasi du Faubourg (Quebec), the Mad Bar (Quebec), to the Sheaf (Quebec), the Black Sheep (Bay -St-Paul), the Northwest (Trois-Rivières) at Laval University (Quebec), to Quebec Days of international Solidarity (Cégep de Victoriaville) and several African village festivals. Lasso & Sini-Kan has participated in several festivals including: Afrique en Fête (Quebec), the Journées d’Afrique (Trois-Pistoles) festival, the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival and the national festivals of Canada and Quebec (Ottawa, Quebec and Montreal).