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Tiken Jah Fakoly
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Background information
Birth nameDoumbia Moussa Fakoly
Born (1968-06-23) 23 June 1968 (age 55)
Odienné, Côte d'Ivoire.
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1987–present
Tiken Jah Fakoly au festival Africajarc, à Cajarc (46), le 26 juillet 2008.

Tiken Jah Fakoly (born 1968) is a reggae singer from Côte d'Ivoire.

Tiken Jah was born into a Muslim family of griots Doumbia Moussa Fakoly on June 23, 1968 in Odienné, north-western Côte d'Ivoire. He discovered reggae at an early age, assembling his first group, Djelys, in 1987. He became well-known at a regional level, but would soon ascend to national recognition.[1]

Concerned by the social and political evolution of his country, it was not long before Tiken Jah was writing incisive works on the political environment in Côte d'Ivoire. One such work was on the death of Félix Houphouët-Boigny in 1993, which resulted in a surge of popularity amongst the nation's youth. In 1998, Fakoly made his first international appearance in Paris.

Tiken Jah Fakoly plays music "to wake up the consciences". His music speaks about many injustices done to the people of his country, and those over Afrika. As such, many Afrikan listeners feel a deep affinity with his lyrics as Fakoly speaks for oppressed people. This connection has helped make Tiken Jah Fakoly a much-listened artist throughout the world.

Since the rise in political instability and xenophobia in Côte d'Ivoire in recent years, Tiken Jah has been living in exile, particularly in Bamako (capital of the neighboring country of Mali) where his concerts are well-attended. In December 2007, Fakoly was declared persona non grata in Senegal after criticizing President Abdoulaye Wade.[2]


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  1. 1993: Les Djelys (cassette only – discontinued)
  2. 1994: Missiri (cassette only – discontinued)
  3. 1996: Mangercratie
  4. 1999: Cours d'histoire
  5. 2000: Le Caméléon (exclusive to West Africa)
  6. 2002: Françafrique (see the article about the term)
  7. 2004: Coup de gueule
  8. 2005: Africa wants to be free, compilation to support fr:Survie (association)
  9. 2007: L'Africain Wrasse Records
  10. 2008: Live in Paris Wrasse Records
  11. 2008: Le Caméléon Barclay Records
  12. 2010: African Revolution
  13. 2010: Listen To The Banned Heilo, Valley Entertainment

Outside Projects

Tiken Jah Fakoly has recorded various tracks with other artists. He is featured on Steel Pulse: African Holocaust, on Didier Awadi: Stoppez les criminels, on Riké: Airt Frais, on Bernard Lavilliers: Carnets De Bord, on Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche À Bamako, on Dub Incorporation Diversité, and on Tata Pound: Cikan. He also appears on the compilation African Consciences with Mebgane N’Dour. He will be featured in the upcoming movie Les Oiseaux Du Ciel, directed by Eliane de Latour. 2009 "Africa's Reggae Legend in the Making", Directed by Mackie Fagan.


2003: Victoires de la Musique 2003, in the category of Reggae Album/Ragga/World with the album Françafrique.

2008: First Freemuse Award [3]


  1. Denslow, Robin [1],"", October 21, 2010.
  2. "Senegal Bars a Singer". The New York Times. 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2008-02-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. "Exiled reggae singer from West Africa awarded". 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2008-08-24.

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