Yacouba Diabate was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians. As a young adult, Yacouba studied the Kora in Mali with renown Kora master, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells traditional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. Currently, Yacouba performs as a solo artist and with his own band, Dounouya Band. He has played at small venues, festivals, shows, weddings, and private parties. In the past, Yacouba has even performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City.