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67 Commons Rd
Germantown, NY, 12526
United States

518 755 5089

Clermont Music is an effort to support musicians from the Sahara Desert in Northern Mali by touring, recording and presenting their music to the World.

Mamadou Kelly

Clermont Music presents Malian musician Mamadou Kelly and his band Ban Kai Na who combine traditional delta blues and contemporary West African sound. This African artist quickly charms audiences with smooth vocals and effortless guitar playing.


"Malian musical royalty" - Songlines #127 May 2017

"At one level this is simple, quite lovely, rural-sounding music, but it is also layered and its complexity is only thinly disguised." - fRoots Magazine #407, May 2017

"Politiki is a remarkable combination of West African and American blues genres featuring outstanding guitar work." World Music Central, 10 April 2017

"Kelly transforms desert blues with modern sophistication" - Earth Beat Amsterdam, 11 April 2017

"a storied cast of supporting musicians like Susie Ibarra, steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, bassist Jake Silver, and guitarist Dan Littleton. Listen to the acoustic-leaning title track from Mamadou Kelly." - New Sounds #3967, WNYC 31 March 2017

"Incredibly accomplished guitarist ... a fine singer... prorfoundly moving music"  Mark Sinnock, Songlines Magazine #112

"There is a warm, unaffected spontaneity to the proceedings, with Kelly's voice... sounding out over a propulsive and nicely earthy mess of guitar, njarka and djourkel underpinned by bass and calabash.”
Mark Hudson, Songlines Magazine

“Mamadou Kelly presents superb acoustic interplay, infectious Malian rhythms and alluring songs.” 
World Music Central

“the real roots of American blues and jazz”
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

“Soulful grooves, brilliant playing and arranging, and a vibe that just won’t let go”
Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide

MAMADOU KELLY from the heartland of Mali's Niger River Delta. A guitar genius with a wry charm, KELLY has an encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music having accompanied for many years two of the greats, Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum. A rich historical background supports his compositions and his group BanKaiNa’s virtuosic musicianship.

DJAMILA was named Top of the World by Songlines Magazine and journalist Mark Sinnock wrote: "Incredibly accomplished guitarist ... a fine singer... prorfoundly moving music"  Songlines Magazine #112