Timbuktu (musician)

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Timbuktu at the Grammis Award 2013
Timbuktu at the Grammis Award 2013
Background information
Birth nameJason Diakité
Also known asTimbuktu
Born (1975-01-11) 11 January 1975 (age 49)
Lund, Sweden
GenresHip hop, reggae
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, rapper
Years active1990–present
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 singer.


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]

Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité is one of Sweden’s most well-known and respected hip-hop artists.[4] He released his first music in 1996 and has since released 10 solo albums and numerous singles of which the vast majority have reached Gold or Platinum status. His accolades also include eight Swedish Grammy awards, and four P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards. Timbuktu’s highly acclaimed most recent album, "Du Gamla Du Nya", came out in 2021. On it he collaborated with Chords, Patrick Collén and Mapei, among others. On the back of this, Timbuktu released a new single with Sabina Ddumba called “Bygga Nytt” and collaborated with Mapei and Pontus Winnberg to create the children's song collection "Lullabies". In 2023 Timbuktu was the first Swedish artist to appear as a guest on the Norwegian version of "Så Mycket Bättre", called "Hver Gang Vi Møtes"[5] after being one of very few artists to do the Swedish edition twice. Alongside his good friend, chef Marcus Samuelsson, Timbuktu also created the podcast "This Moment", featuring guests like Al Gore, Margot Wallström and Alice Bah Kuhnke.[6]

In 2016 Jason released his first book, the critically acclaimed “En Droppe Midnatt” ("A Drop of Midnight").[7] It has sold more than 130,000 copies in Sweden and it entered the sales charts in both Sweden and Norway. A subsequent edition came out in English through Amazon Publishing. In "A Drop of Midnight" Jason tracks his family's history from the slave plantations in South Carolina to the welfare state Sweden. It's a gripping tale of ancestry, identity, resistance, racism and a longing to belong.[8] In the fall of 2017 "En Droppe Midnatt" was turned into a hugely successful stage performance that played to full houses in both Sweden and Norway.[9] On June 6th, 2022 the American version, “A Drop of Midnight”, opened at Harlem Stage in New York and played for six consecutive evenings.[10] Then, on January 17, 2024, they showcased "A Drop of Midnight" in New York in conjunction with APAP, the largest conference in the USA for theater producers.

Timbuktu has continued to evolve as a writer, and his book about meat sauce, written with Joel Åhlin and Harald Wachtmeister, gained a lot of attention.[11] He also continued to explore children's literature with Matilda Westerman and collaborated with Michael Bekele to create the audio drama "Härifrån", which won a Guldöra in 2023.[12] In April 2024, the first TV series in which Jason has a major acting role, "Allt och Eva" (Warner Bros/Viaplay), will be released.[13]

Timbuktu has hosted several shows on national Swedish radio like the music aid (radio and television show) Musikhjälpen from its start in 2008 until 2012,[14] he received a Nordic language award and performed for audiences all over the world, from various corners of Africa to Svalbard, from the legendary the Apollo Theatre in NYC to the Roxy Theatre in LA, at the Polar Music Prize and at the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2023, Jason was appointed an honorary doctor by Lund University for his innovative authorship and versatile artistic work, capturing and reflecting on essential aspects of humanistic thought and research.[15]



As part of Excel

  • 1999: Bright Lights, Big City


Year Album Chart position
2000 T2: Kontrakultur 56
2002 W.D.M.D. (Watt's dö madderfakking diil?) 8
2003 The botten is nådd! 5
2005 Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö 3 7
2007 Oberoendeframkallande 1 7
2008 En high 5 & 1 falafel 5
2011 Sagolandet 2 12
2012 Pusselbitar 5 29
2014 För livet till döden 4
2018 En droppe midnatt
2018 Kärlekens Blandband
(with Damn!)
2021 Lullabies[18]
(with Mapei)
Du gamla du nya[19] 19

Live albums

Year Album Chart position
2004 Live! (Timbuktu featuring Damn!) 56


As part of Excel

Year Single Chart position
1998 "Pump"
1999 "Allnite Long" 32
"You Move Me"

Solo (as Timbuktu)

Year Single Chart position
1996 "Lifestress" (Falcon & Sleepy featuring Timbuktu)
1999 "The Conspiracy"
2000 "Independent Moves"
"Naked Lunch" (with Promoe)
2001 "Pendelparanoia"
"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) 31 19
"Stirra ner" 52
2007 "Karmakontot" 15
"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!)
"Fallskärm" 26
2013 "Inte stor nog"
2014 "Triangeln"
2019 "Dansez"
"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"[20]
(with Junie)
"Comme ci, comme ça"[22]
2022 "Bästa vi gjort" (with Lamix) [A]

Featured in

Year Single Chart 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"[24] (Anis Don Demina feat. Timbuktu) 39


In April 2010 Arash released a video for "Dasa Bala"[26] 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.[23]


  1. ^ Timbuktu: ”Jag väntar fortfarande på den ärligaste texten”. DN.SE (21 June 2009). Retrieved 27 April 2012. Archived 25 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bax, Mats (2011-11-23): "Timbuktu genom himmel och helvete". Mats Bax (blogg). Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  3. ^ Lina Wennersten (2011). "Timbuktu håller igen". Språktidningen.
  4. ^ "Timbuktu". Bad Taste Empire. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  5. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (11 February 2023). "Tatt på senga". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  6. ^ Moment, This (17 May 2022). "This Moment – Lyssna här". Podtail (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  7. ^ "En droppe midnatt". Albert Bonniers Förlag. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  8. ^ "The Book". adropofmidnight.com. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Jason Timbuktu Diakité - A Drop of Midnight | Cirkus, Stockholm". Cirkus (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  10. ^ "Jason "Timbuktu" Diakité's "A Drop of Midnight"". Harlem Stage. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  11. ^ "En hel bok om vår mest älskade maträtt – köttfärssåsen". folkofolk.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  12. ^ "Jason "Timbuktu" Diakité prisad för ljuddrama på podcastgalan Guldörat". Kingsizemag.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  13. ^ "Timbuktu debuterar som skådespelare i Viaplays "Allt för Eva"". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). 29 February 2024. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  14. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Jason Diakité (Timbuktu) - Tidigare Musikhjälpen från 2009". sverigesradio.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  15. ^ giselalindbergkanslihtluse | 2021-11-23, Sidansvarig (3 April 2024). "Mångsidig svensk artist och framstående tysk historiker blir hedersdoktorer vid Humanistiska fakulteten | Lunds universitet". www.lu.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ a b c Peaks in Sweden:
  17. ^ a b c Timbuktu page. Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  18. ^ "Lullabies by Timbuktu & Mapei on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  19. ^ Dahlström, Mattias (20 August 2021). "Timbuktu rappar sårbart om föräldraskap". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  20. ^ "Hela världen väntar - Single by Junie & Timbuktu on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 17" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Comme Ci, Comme Ça - Single by Timbuktu on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 17". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  24. ^ "Naken (feat. Timbuktu)". Spotify. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 20". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  26. ^ Arash "Dasa Bala" (Official Video) Feat. Timbuktu, Aylar & Yag. YouTube (9 April 2010). Retrieved 27 April 2012.

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