Born in 1962 into a Mandingo family, his mother was a griot singer in Bobo-Dioulasso and introduced him to music. On his father’s side, he comes from a line of dressmakers of the Marka ethnicity. As a teenager, he left Burkina Faso for Côte d'Ivoire, where he worked in his father’s sewing workshop. In the Ivoirian music clubs, he began to sing and then returned to Burkina Faso in 1988. He won several music awards, such as the French Cultural Center competition in Bobo-Dioulasso organized with RFI in 1989, and first prize at the National Culture Week in 1990. Still, he found it hard to break out beyond national borders. He played in bands like Echo of Africa and Suprême Comenba. After a long absence from the music scene, at age 46, he managed to record his eponymous debut in 2007. His style ranges from blues to Mandingo ballads with Latin and flamenco influences. In his lyrics, he advocates national solidarity and tolerance. His producers, Camille Louvel and David Commeillas, created a label to distribute the album in Europe, Chapa Blues Records, allowing Démé to become a global success. Since then he has held concerts in London, Berlin, Paris... Thanks to this success, in 2010 he released his second album, Deli, inspired by more traditional music. His most famous single Djôn'maya, released in 2012, became his signature tune. Victor Démé died in September 2015 in his home town.