Salam was founded in 1998 in Zichuinchor, Senegal. At that time Thierno Barry played at cultural evenings and at the Alliance Franco/Senegal, together with another guitar player. Thierno wanted more, however, so he started an adventurous journey, alone with his guitar. He moved to Abéné, a small village near Casamance river, where he met a fabulous percussion player. A new Salam was born.