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Toumani Diabate, MainArtist - Ballaké Sissoko, MainArtist
1999 Chrysalis Records Limited 1999 Chrysalis Records Limited
Boubacar Traore, MainArtist
(C) 2002 Marabi Production (P) 2002 Marabi Production
Rail Band, Ensemble - Salif Keita, Composer
2013 Network 2013 Network
Super Biton de Segou, Performer, Composer, Writer
1986 Bolibana 1986 Bolibana
Bako Dagnon, Composer, Performer
2007 Syllart Productions 2007 Syllart Records
Kandia Kouyate, Performer - Kerfala Kanté, Performer - Kasse Mady, Performer
2004 Syllart Productions 2004 Syllart Records
Kasse-Mady Diabate, Composer, Performer - Lansine Kouyate, Composer
2014 No Format!
Francois Bréant, Producer - Hervé Marignac, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Salif Keita, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Pascale Potrel, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Djiba, Producer, Assistant Producer - Yves Zarka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel
℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
Cesaria Evora, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 2002 Decca Records France
Jerry Boys, Mixer - Simon Burwell, Mixer - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer
© 1999 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Nahawa Doumbia, interprète - Nahawa Doumbia, compositeur - Nahawa Doumbia, auteur
Dr, MusicPublisher - Ramata Diakite, MainArtist
(C) 2005 Ramata Diakité (P) 2005 Ramata Diakité
Oumou Sangare, Composer, Performer
2017 NO FORMAT!
Lobi Traore, Performer - Lobi Traore, Composer
Vieux Farka Touré, MainArtist
(C) 2011 Six Degrees Records (P) 2011 Six Degrees Records
Neba Solo, interprète - Souleymane Traoré, compositeur - Souleymane Traoré, auteur
Issa Bagayogo, MainArtist
(C) 2007 Six Degrees Records Ltd (P) 2007 Six Degrees Records Ltd
Amadou Bagayoko, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Amadou & Mariam, MainArtist - Mariam Doumbia, ComposerLyricist
℗ 2002 Decca Records France
Damon Albarn, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, MainArtist - Simon Burwell, Keyboards - Afel Bocoum, Composer, Vocals - Malian Musicians, Vocals, MainArtist - Yoro Cisse, Musicians - Hassey Sare, Musicians - Lobi Traore, Guitar - Alkibar, Choir - Malian Musicians & Damon Albarn, Vocals
© 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
Kokanko Sata, MainArtist
(C) 2014 Africa Express Ltd under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. (P) 2014 Africa Express under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd
Sola Akingbola, Congas - Tony Allen, Drums - Moh Kouyaté, Electric Guitar - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar - Fatoumata Diawara, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer
© 2011 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2011 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Performer - Bassekou Kouyate, Composer
Glitterbeat Records Glitterbeat Records
Neil Comber, Producer, Mixer - Songhoy Blues, Artist, MainArtist - Handsome Dad administered by Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré, Garba Touré, Nathanael Dembele, Composer
2017 Transgressive Records 2017 Transgressive Records Ltd under exclusive license to [PIAS]
Mamani Keita, Performer, Composer - Nicolas Repac, Composer
No Format! No Format!
Rokia Traore, Recording Arranger, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist
℗ 2008 Decca Records France
Kronos Quartet, MainArtist - Traditional, Composer - David Harrington, Producer, Violin - Hank Dutt, Viola - John Sherba, Violin - Nick Gold, Producer - Sunny Yang, Cello - Trio Da Kali, MainArtist - Lucy Durán, Producer - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Percussion - Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté, Vocals
© 2017 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2017 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Traditional, Composer - Toumani Diabate, Arranger, Musicians, MainArtist - Ali Farka Touré, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist
© 2005 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2005 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Mandingo traditions or urban intersections, ancestral chants from the griots or dance bands on the day following the Independence, the family tree of Malian music possesses deep roots, leafy branches and a strong sap...
Photo credit: Fatoumata Diawara by Aida Muluneh
The Great History of Malian Music
by Benjamin Minimum
Mandingo traditions or urban intersections, ancestral chants from the griots or dance bands on the day following the Independence, the family tree of Malian music possesses deep roots, leafy branches and a strong sap. Let’s take a look back at the fascinating history.
At the same time, Amadou Bagayoko, former guitarist of the Ambassadeurs, and his wife Mariam Doumbia found success under the name Amadou & Mariam, “the blind couple from Mali”. Over the years, they worked with M, Manu Chao and the English Damon Albarn. The latter, fascinated by African music and especially Malian music, organized live and recorded meetings in Africa and Europe between African and Western musicians. African Express offered an important exposure to young Malian talents like the singer Fatoumata Diawara, Cheick Tidiane Seck’s protégée, the ngoni player Bassékou Kouyaté and the Niafunké band Songhoy Blues.
Malian artists living in France have enjoyed some very nice careers. Chorister of Salif Keïta, Mamani Keïta took part in the first batch of the Electro Bamako from Marc Minelli, a rocker from Le Havre, before working with Arthur H’s guitarist, Nicolas Repac, then with the Parisian Afro-groove band Arat Kilo. The daughter of a diplomat, born near Bamako, Rokia Traoré has travelled a lot, but remains very attached to the culture of her motherland. The public discovered her thanks to the Musiques Métisses festival in Angoulême, whose director, Christian Mousset, has also enabled the rejuvenation of the careers of Super Rail Band and Boubacar Traoré. Rokia Traoré has established herself as a major singer-songwriter and involves herself with ardor in Mali’s cultural life. She has also worked with the Kronos Quartet, years before the Trio Da Kali. In 2017, the Californian string quartet and the Malian griot musician trio have released the very successful Ladilikan, which confronts the griot traditions to string arrangements.
Champions of musical elasticity, kora players Ballaké Sissoko and Toumani Diabaté bring their immense talent and their deep traditional knowledge to often fascinating cultural exchanges. Ballaké regularly meets in the studio or on stage with the Iranian percussion family Chemirani, violoncellist Vincent Ségal and the band 3MA, composed of Moroccan oud player Driss el Maloumi and Madagascan valiha player Rajery. Toumani was one of Ali Farka Touré’s last music companions, recording two albums with him: In the Heart of the Moon and Ali & Toumani, both winning a Grammy Award. He was at the centre of the meeting between Cuban and Malian musicians on AfroCubism in 2010, held unforgettable concerts with the Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor and worked with Björk on the Volta album. The French rappers of Malian descent, Mokobé (Traoré) and Oxmo Puccino, born Abdoulaye Diarra in Ségou, rarely include Mandingo elements in their productions. But Mokobé invited Oumou Sangaré and Amadou & Mariam onto his album Mon Afrique in 2007 and in 2017, Oxmo took part in M’s project Lamomali, alongside Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté. The latter, an excellent kora player like his father, has become a star in Western Africa thanks to joyful music videos and a blend of coupé-décalé, Mandingo rhythms and R&B romances. Traditional or blended, Malian musicians radiated in the past as they do today and everything suggests that they are ready for the future.
Translated by Damien Izabelle.
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