He then started making his own music and founded his own band Minnjiaraby in 2001, that led him to play festivals across France, Spain, Germany and UK. Minnjiaraby (meaning the Love of cultural mixing in Wolof) plays an original music blending Mbalax, Senegalese Blues and Afro acoustic, deeply rooted in Fula and Mandinka cultures. The music has grown from Abdoulaye’s travels, collaborations and encounters in Africa and Europe. He went travelling around west Africa to learn different traditions and cultures. He then played with many artists and groups such as Assane Mboup, Abdou Diop, Salam Diallo, Daby Balde, Abou Thiouballo, Baaba Maal.