In the 1970s, the Malian waves were largely influenced by American music, and Mama affirmed his affinity for blues and soul music, and in particular that of Otis Redding.
He is friends with Ali Farka TOURE from the mid-80s, they meet and play together amicably. 20 years later, Ali Farka was a world star since his Grammy Award. He contacted his friend for the album SAVANE released in 2006. The trio formed by Ali Farka TOURE, Bassekou KOUYATE, And Mama SISSOKO will then tour for 10 years and will cement an unfailing friendship.
In 2015 his nephew, to whom he taught the culture and secrets of the n’goni, encouraged him to make his own record, to make the world discover his unique guitar style.