Djeli Moussa Diawara (also known as Jali Musa Jawara) is born in a family of Guinean griots, hereditary caste of musicians. His father was a balafon player, and his mother a singer. His half-brother, they share the same mother, is Mory Kanté. He then became a « jali » or « djeli », mandingo word for griot. He learned to play the Balafon, the Kora and the guitar. In 1983, his first LP, now known as Yasimika, is released in Abidjan. It's still nowadays considered a great piece of African music.