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...The musical duo of Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia broke out of the music scene in their native Mali to dominate contemporary world music. The pair met in 1975 at the Bamako Institute for the Young Blind, where they were both members...

Salif Keita

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...One of the major voices in Mali’s music culture, Salif Keita is known as the “golden voice of Africa.” Born in Djoliba, Mali in 1949, Keita is a prince of the Keita royal family. He was born with albinism and subsequently ostracized by his...
...The kora player Toumani Diabaté took the traditional twenty-one-string harp from his native Mali and introduced it to the globe. Born in 1965, Diabaté and his family can trace seventy generations of kora players and, in 1970, his father...


Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 11,626,219 (2003) The landlocked nation of Mali fills much of the interior of West Africa and borders seven other nations. Though its southernmost region is lightly forested, its northern region extends into the southern...