|Born: Mali, West Africa. Yaya is a member of the Minianka (Bamana) people. He was raised in a culture that works, worships, lives and breathes to the beat of the drum.
An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the drum is the focal point of Yaya's life story, and his link through the universal medium of music with the western world.
Yaya speaks Bambara, Senufo, French and English.
The Healing Drum
is widely available
and has just been translated into Japanese.