MAMADOU is a Senegalese band. Originally called "Mamadou Diop and the Jolole Band", the group was founded in early 1998, later simplifying their name to "MAMADOU" in late 2000.
The group began when West African rhythm guitarist and singer Mamadou Diop was introduced to a group of jazz musicians consisting of Czech guitarist Pavel Jirka, bassist John Pfister, and drummer Ted Sillars. Soon afterwards, they changed their format to exclusively original and traditional songs influenced by West African rhythms mixed with cubano, salsa, merengue, reggae, mbalax, and various other styles. Senegalese percussionist Ibrahima Camara was brought in to provide sabar drumming, accompanied by Mamadou and Ted during "percussion jams". Finally, keyboardist Adam Zampino joined the band. As of early 2007, the current configuration of the group includes Mamadou Diop, Pavel Jirka, Adam Zampino, singer and percussionist Michelle Cherie Foss-Zampino, drummer Mitch Cohen, and percussionist Mamadou Diouck.