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Mali (1988 – present)

Habib Koité (b. 1958 in Mali) is an internationally-known Malian musician who sings and plays the guitar. His supporting cast, Bamada, is a super-group of West African talent, including Kélétigui Diabaté playing balafon.

He graduated in 1982, and formed his band Bamada in 1988. The name “Bamada” is a nickname for residents of Mali’s capital city Bamako, and the word roughly translates as “In the mouth of the crocodile.” Other members of the band were friends of Koité’s from childhood.\

Habib and Bamada were on stage at the African Roots and Shoots Festival at London’s Barbican in 2000 and have also performed at many other international festivals.

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