Raised in Dakar's working class section, Derkle, Pene has been singing most of his life. Joining his first band, Cad, in 1975, he remained with the group for a few months. Together with bandmates Cheikh Diagne, Bassirou Diagne, and Bazlo Diagne, he joined with members of Tropical Jazz De Dakar, including guitar and harmonica player and vocalist Ismael Lo, to form Super Diamano. Initially tied to Senegal's traditional music, the group moved towards a harder-edged electric sound with the addition of jazz fusion-influenced keyboardist Adama Faye.
Pene has guided Super Diamano through numerous personnel changes. When Lo left to embark on a solo career in the mid-'80s, he was replaced by the equally effective Mamadou Marga. Pene completely revamped the band with ultra-slick session players in 1991. Four years later, the group toured Europe and North America. ~ Craig Harris