Born in Ouagadougou at Burkina Faso, Amadou Kienou is the 7th son of a family of praise singers from Dafing origin, originating from a tribe which settled down at the ancient Mandingue Empire. This tribe has extended right up to Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali. Praise singers (Griots) from father to son, they are very popular and renowned dancers and singers in Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso. Most of them are musicians by profession.
Amadou has been initiated in music in his family mostly by his father, the late BABA KIENOU. In the sixties, this distinguished and famous traditional praise singer and musician brought his personal touch to big national and cultural events like the famous Djandjoba, and also to other African countries later on. Accompanied by his family, he perpetuated with his own touch what he had learned from his father and grand father in the Great Mandingue.