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  1. Kandia Kouyaté is a Malian jelimuso (singer, a female griot) and kora player; she has earned the prestigious title of ngara, and is sometimes…

  2. Nahawa Doumbia is one of the most popular singers from the Wassoulou region in South Mali. She speaks to the younger generation of West Africa…

  3. Idrissa Soumaoro, born near Bamako in 1949, is one of the relative unknowns in Malian music, taking part in a number of important developments, but…

  4. Afel Bocoum (born 1955) is a musician from Mali, noted as a singer and guitarist. He began his career as a member of Ali Farka Toure's group ASCO,…

  5. The Symmetric Orchestra led by Toumani Diabaté is composed of musicians (mostly griots) from across the old Mande Empire of west Africa, who play…

  6. Born in 1961 in Mali, Issa Bagayogo is a skilled player of the kamele n'goni, a traditional lute-like instrument. Bagayogo deftly melds Malian…

  7. Oumou Sangaré (born February 25, 1968 in Bamako) is a wassoulou musician from Bamako, Mali, sometime referred to as "The Songbird of Wassoulou."…

  8. Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété“ tradition from her father, Boni…

  9. The Ensemble Tartit are Malian Tamashek (Tuareg), comprising five women and four men. Tartit means 'union' in their language. They met in a refugee…

  10. Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians.

    Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town…

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