Timbuktu (musician)

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Timbuktu at the Grammis Award 2013
Background information
Birth nameJason Diakité
Also known asTimbuktu
Born (1975-01-11) 11 January 1975 (age 48)
Lund, Sweden
Genres Hip hop, reggae
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1990–present
Timbuktu and DAMN, The Park Festival 2007 Timbuktu+damn.jpg
Timbuktu and DAMN, The Park Festival 2007

Jason Michael Bosak Diakité [1] (born 11 January 1975 in Lund), known under the stage name Timbuktu, is a Swedish rapper and reggae artist.



Timbuktu is the son of Madubuko Diakité, a U.S. born Swedish human rights lawyer and academic.

Timbuktu started his career in the mid-1990s as part of the rap group Excel before going solo as Timbuktu. The inspiration for the pseudonym comes from the city of Timbuktu in Mali, where his father's family originally comes from. [2] [3]

On March 1, 2020, he published the well-received memoir, A Drop of Midnight. He has won several Grammis awards, the highest music awards in Sweden, including Lyricist of the Year and best Hip-hop Record of the Year.

Timbuktu hosted the music aid radio/television show Musikhjälpen from its start in 2008 until 2012.



As part of Excel


YearAlbumChart position
2000 T2: Kontrakultur 56
2002W.D.M.D. (Watt's dö madderfakking diil?)8
2003The botten is nådd!5
2005Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö37
2007 Oberoendeframkallande 17
2008En high 5 & 1 falafel5
2014För livet till döden4
2018En droppe midnatt
2018Kärlekens Blandband
(with Damn!)
2021Lullabies [6]
(with Mapei)
Du gamla du nya [7] 19

Live albums

YearAlbumChart position
2004Live!(Timbuktu featuring Damn!)56


As part of Excel

YearSingleChart position
1999"Allnite Long"32
"You Move Me"

Solo (as Timbuktu)

YearSingleChart position
1996"Lifestress" (Falcon & Sleepy featuring Timbuktu)
1999"The Conspiracy"
2000"Independent Moves"
"Naked Lunch" (with Promoe)
"Northface EP"
"Alla vet"
2002"Gott folk"37
"Jag drar"
"Ljudet av.."
"The Bad Sleep Well EP" (with Promoe)
2003"Vertigo" (with Promoe)
"Ett brev"52
"The Botten Is Nådd"24
"Dynamit!" (featuring Peps Persson)
2004"Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö"6
2005"Det löser sej" (featuring Chords & Supreme)3119
"Stirra ner"52
"Lika barn avvika bäst del 2"51
Tolerância (with Simone Moreno)
2008"Tack för kaffet" (with Dregen)
2011"Dansa" (featuring Jan Lundgren, Dua Pannacotta)
"Kapitulera" (featuring Susanne Sundfør)12
"Dödsdansen" (Single version)
"Resten av ditt liv"6
"Allt grönt"
"Kamouflage (Invisible)"
"Kom och håll om mig"38
"Det gör ont"
"Övertygad (True Believer"
"Alla vill till himlen men ingen vill dö"
(rerelease of 2004 hit)
"Flickan och kråkan"7
"Snart tystnar musiken"
2012"Cover Me - Københavnerkneipe"
"Stanna kvar" (with Damn!)
2013"Inte stor nog"
"Bourgeois Shangri-La"54
"Början på allt"
(featuring Eye N'I)
"Regn hos mig"65
2021"AOD" (featuring Snoh Aalegra)
(with Mapei)
"Bars från ett B-barn"
"Hela världen väntar" [8]
(with Junie)
"Comme ci, comme ça" [10]
2022"Bästa vi gjort" (with Lamix) [upper-alpha 1]

Featured in

YearSingleChart position
2000"Catch Me" (Antiloop feat. Timbuktu)
2000"Rulla med oss" (Petter feat. Timbuktu, Peewee & Eye N'I)34
2008"Naïve" (Looptroop Rockers feat. Timbuktu)58
2010"Dasa Bala" (Arash feat. Timbuktu and Yag)
"Let The Monkey Out" (Vinni & The Vagabonds feat. Timbuktu)13
2012"Kjører på" (Madcon feat. Timbuktu)14
2012"Lava Cabeza" (Mashup International feat Timbuktu, VAZ, Gnucci)
2013"Svarta duvor & vissna liljor" (Kartellen feat. Timbuktu)15
2017"Like I Used Too" (Snoh Aalegra feat. Timbuktu)
2020"Naken" [12] (Anis Don Demina feat. Timbuktu)39


In April 2010 Arash released a video for "Dasa Bala" [14] featuring Timbuktu, Yag and Aylar Lie, which was directed and edited by Fred Khoshtinat.


  1. "Bästa vi gjort" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number four on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart. [11]

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