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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
2003 Cobalt 2003 Cobalt
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
2000 Cobalt 2000 Cobalt
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.
In the 80s, Europe took a greater interest in the music and artists from Africa. With producers beginning to wonder how they could integrate these sounds into the Western urban music, small specialist labels were broadcasting them and festivals scheduling them. The rich Malian heritage didn’t go unnoticed. Salif Keïta, who now lives near Paris, found support in Ibrahima Sylla, a Guinean producer, and penned the Soro album in 1987. Conceived by the French François Bréant and arranged thanks to Cheick Tidiane Seck and Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Soro blended Mandingo sounds with pop arrangements and is seen as the prototype of what would go on to be called world music. In France, then in England, people were excited about a guitarist from North Mali. In Niafunké, Ali Farka Touré united the music from his region with blues, noticing in passing the probable roots of the music from the Mississippi area. By transposing the skills acquired on the djerkel, a one-string lute and on the ngoni to acoustic then electric guitars, he writes and sings in most of the ethnic languages from Mali. He drew the attention of Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal and Martin Scorsese, and became the first African artist to distinguish himself internationally by earning a Grammy Award in 1994, paving the way for his son Vieux Farka, his spiritual son Afel Bocoum and his compatriots Lobi Traoré, Tinariwen and the many Tuareg rock bands, which also integrate the electric guitar to their traditions. Habib Koité is also a great guitarist, whose style is filled with Latin influences and who has led, since 1988, an international career at the head of the band Bamada.
In the South-West of Mali, the Wassoulou region also teems with original rhythms. It’s usually the female singers—activists against the abuse of traditional society—who become famous: Nahawa Doumbia, Ramata Diakité and mostly Oumou Sangaré, who, sponsored by Ali Farka Touré with the British label World Circuit, became a star and one of the most respected African artists. To accompany the artistic effervescence, the professional structures are almost nonexistent in Mali; the big international labels have deserted the country and the music is mostly sold by pirates who pay no copyrights and don’t remunerate the artists. During the 90s, a former record dealer from Lyon went into partnership with Ali Farka Touré to found, in Bamako, the first legal tape factory, soon followed by a recording studio. Mali K7 supplied the country with new music, fighting with the authorities against the pirate industry and building a bridge with the European operators that broadcast these artists in the West. It was through this that the balafon player Néba Solo (native of the Sikasso region), multi-instrumentalist from the Ségou region Adama Yalomba and the former bus driver/kamele ngoni player Issa Bagayogo, a.k.a. “Techno Issa”, made an international breakthrough.
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