Mohamed Abellaw

Mohamed Abellaw is a tehardent player and calabash percussionist from Mali. Studying Taureg music since the age of 5, Mohamed comes from a family of well-known musicians who have performed for generations in this region. He is a member of the group Al Bilali Soudan and has performed extensively in the region, including at the legendary Festival au Desert. Mohamed is deeply motivated to bring his traditional music to wider audiences and use music to model social cohesion for young people and help develop peaceful coexistence in his home city of Timbuktu, which has been severely impacted by regional conflict.