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Born in Bamako of a Malinke father and a Bambara mother, two of the 23 ethnic groups living in Mali, Assitan was brought up by her maternal grandmother as is the local custom. Her grandmother helped her to discover her singing talent and taught her the rhythms of West Africa and the Bambara melodies used to heal the sick.

Spotted at an early age by a manager who asked her to join the local theatre group, Assitan's voice did not… read more

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