Sidiki Conde

Innova 692


N’na (Mother) was written by Sidiki Conde
for his mother who took care of him when he
first got his disability.


I know you carried me twice:

Once when I was a baby and again when I could not walk.

Thank you Mother. Mother do not cry and do not to worry.

I amgoing to make you happy.

I am nothandicapped. Handicapped is in the mind.

I cansing and I can dance.”


Dalina is a traditional song to remind people who travel far from home not toforget their origins and their homeland.


“Peoplewho go adventuring outside their country need to come home and see their familyand help them. Their family says ‘Come home, don’t forget about home.”


If yourcountry is Mali, you have to come home to Mali. If your country is Senegal, youhave to come home to Senegal. If your country is Ivory Coast you have to comehome to Ivory Coast. If your country is Guinea you have to come home toGuinea.”



Agfrisses National Association of the
Republic of Guinea for the Handicapped) the
song beckons young people with disabilities
and non-disabled young people to join together
and become a community at Ajafreis.


“To becomfortable with one self you need your

Communityhas peace, tolerance and love.

This isthe message of Ajafreis. Come join together
at Ajafreis.”


IbrahimiConde  Sidiki wrote this song in memorial forhis son Ibrahimi Conde (1994 to 2002) The language is Arabic and Malinke.



The snakeeating love, the snake eating love

If thesnake eats love he must eat me too

If God iseating love I will sing for God because he made me and he made you

You seeKeba Cissako is dead, Souri Kandia Kouyate is dead, Fode Kasta is dead.

My fatheris dead too. Everyone will be dead one day.

I singfor God. Allah is great I am happy with everything.
I love you forever.”



Kemoko Sano  Songin praise of Sidiki’s teacher Kemoko Sano


“Everyonehas to look for good luck

If youget good luck you will be happy all your life

Everyonehas to look for good luck

If youget good luck you are going to be happy
the rest of your life.


Chorus:Kemoko Sano you are my benefactor Kemoko Sano you are my benefactor.

Iremember you take me on tour to France. You take me
to Japan, You take me to Germany    

You takeme to Belgium, You take me to Italy

You takeme to Senegal, You take me to New York,
You take me to Guinea

Theyfollow your benefits and good luck everybody
working for you Sano

Everybodydo your job Sano. Beintou Sano’s daddy, Seckou Sano’s daddy Amamato Sano’sdaddy, Mamady Sano’s daddy, Alpha Sano’s daddy, Mellissa Sano’s
daddy Kemoko Sano, Kemoko Sano”




Damayele(Big mouth)
Sidiki’s village nickname Song calls on everyone
to work together.


“Chorus:Stop big mouth, voice your is a pain

Stop bigmouth, your voice is a pain

Yes I ambig mouth, pain voice

SometimeI am here sometime I get up

Earlymorning rain beat me for you Evening
rain beat me for you

But ifGod wants after tomorrow morning the rain is
not going to beat me because everybody can move on their own

MoveMoussa guitar player move Move Fatou dancer move

Move TerreRoche singer move, Move Fatima Kouyate singer move.

MovePablo djembe player move. Move Yacouba kora player move,

Move DaloBangoura move, Move Deborah Ross move. Move Nimo Camara move, Mamady DjonibaHarlem move, Yamoussa Soulmah move, Balla Ballaphone move, Rick technicianmove, Sekou kora move, Aboulaye singer move, Jean doun doun move.”



AboubacarSidiki After Sidiki lost
his mobility people said he was a ghost and had no family. The song was writtenby Sidiki to claim his place in his community and his humanity by
naming his father and brothers and sisters.


Myfather’s name is Ibrahina Conde from Woroube

Mybrother Sekouba’s father is Ibrahima Conde
from Woroube

The songgoes on to name 23 family members.
Chorus: (Eh Hey people Sidiki comes out everybody get happy. He is here withhis music.)



Minimiza Don’tminimize people


Don’tminimize disabled people

We can dosomething

Somegroup of disabled all in wheelchair

Some is ateacher, some is an adventurer,
some are musicians

Don’timmunize us. We can do something

God madeeveryone unique

Somepeople one foot is cut off
But he can do something

Somepeople two foot cut off
But he can do something

Someperson he cannot see He can do something

We cansomething

He can dosomething

You cando something

Don’t minimizedisabled people

Everybodycan do something”



Kourri (Group)Everyone come together


Chorus:Group, group coming together in a community

Group,group coming together in a community

Communityhas to come together to make a good thing

Young boygroup has to think good

One come,together at a sabar ceremony

At a doundoun ceremony everybody has to enjoy

At amarriage ceremony everyone has to enjoy

Mommy wehas to get a good thing

Uncle wehave to think good thing


Aunt wehave to get a good thing

After theceremony everybody give love together


We love,love, love

Everybodyhas to give love”



Dounougna (World)


In this world we are many different people. We are fine.

Some people have no eyes. We are fine.

Some people have no ears. We are fine.

Some people have no voice. We are fine.

Some people have no legs. We are fine.

Some people have nothing. Some people have everything.

God helps everyone in the world.”



Djougou-magniA song warning
against the evils of gossip


Don’t beevil

Don’t beevil

If you beevil and you talk a good voice in front of people

If I turnback you say bad thing behind me

Don’t beevil yourself

Anythingyou do your life you have to careful yourself

Don’t besurprised

Don’t besurprised



About the Artist


The call to sing and dance first came to Sidiki Conde in adream he had after he lost the use of his legs due to an illness when he wasfourteen. Music and dance became his transcendence and his vocation. Conde’sartistic journey began in his ancestral village in Guinea, West Africa. Hetraveled to the capitol, Conakry joining together with other disabled musiciansto found the dance and music ensemble Message de Espoir (Message of Hope).Conde’s artistic explorations also took him to remote villages to learn thesongs and dances of Guinea’s 26 distinct ethnic groups. In 1998 Conde moved toNew York City, where he leads the Tokounou All Abilities Dance and MusicEnsemble and continues to travel throughout the world learning from othercultures, performing and teaching students of all ages. In 2007 the NationalEndowment of the Arts awarded him its highest honor for folk and traditionalartists, a National Heritage Fellowship.


Sidikiwould like to thank:


DeborahRoss, Stefan Monssen, Abou Sylla, Mohamed Kouyate, Kemoko Sano, Famoro Diabate,Jennifer Spiegler, Osamu Nishihiri, The Peter S. Reed Foundation,
The Center for Traditional Arts, The Challenged Athlete Foundation.


Rickwould like to thank:


CraigBishop, Jorge Velez, Emily Duff, Jenny Barriol,
Ed Potokar, John Leventhal, Norman Mershon,
Aaron Heick, Leo Traversa, Stan Vincent, Kristin Gardner…and all the musicians.


Special thanks to:

Cliff Fagin and Terre Roche for all their help and support!



Produced and Engineered by Rick DePofi

Arranged by Rick DePofi and Sidiki Conde

Mixed by Craig Bishop

Assisted by Jorge Velez

Recorded and mixed at NY Noise, NYC

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Absolute Audio

Production Coordinator: Emily Duff

CD Design by Melanie Kirchner

Paintings and Photograhs by Deborah Ross



Supported in part by a grant from the New York State
Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at RockefellerPhilanthropy Advisors.


innova is supported by an endowment from the

McKnight Foundation.

Philip Blackburn: Director

Chris Campbell: Operations Manager


Sidiki Conde – Vocals, Doun Doun Drums


Balla Kouyate – Balafon, Bass (2,6),Drums (11)


Moussa Sisoko–Guitar


Yacouba Sissoko – Kora


Pablo SekouDembele– Djembe


Bouba Sakou – Guitar on Kourri


RobinMacatangy –Guitar Solo on N’na


Oz Noy – Guitar on Agfrisse


Fatu Keita – Vocal Solo onIbrahima Conde


Gary Haase – Bass (1, 3, 7, 8,11)


Conrad Korsch–Electric and Acoustic Bass (5, 10)


Shawn Phelton–Drums (2, 3, 5, 7, 10)


Danny Louis – Trumpet, Organ (5, 8)


RogerSquitero– Percussion (10, 11)


Rick DePofi – Drums (1, 8),Keyboards, Flute,
Horns, Percussion


Backround Vocals – Fatu Keita, Fatou Camara, Iba Bangoura,Yoyo Camara, Terre Roche, Suzzy Roche, Machan Taylor, Abdoulaye Diabate, DannyLouis, Rick DePofi


TheDalina Children – Alex Cellum, James Cellum,
Elisa Hernandez, Emily Justich, Kerry Justich, Kevin Justich, Daniel Monroe,Masha Puchkoff, Oona Mae Roche,
Kighla Carlson, Ean Carlson.