Music from Senegal – Laba Sosseh

Laba Badara Sosseh (* March 12, 1943  in Bathurst, now Banjul, Gambia; † September 20, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal) was a senegambian  salsa musician.

Here is song “Aminata “

Music from Mali/Senegal – Habib Koité

Habib Koité (born 1958 in Thiès, Senegal) is a solo singer, songwriter and guitarist, based in Mali. His band, Bamada, is a super-group of West African musicians, including Kélétigui Diabaté playing balafon. Here is the song “Takamba”

listen also Batoumambe and Desert Blues

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Music from Mali – Habib Koité

Although there is a war in Mali, their music won’t come too short! Habib Koité is a Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. He plays the guitar on a pentatonic scale and uses open strings as on a n’goni. Listen to his damn awesome song “Mali Ba”:

Peace for Mali.

Music from Mali – Habib Koité

Habib Koité is a Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. He plays the guitar on a pentatonic scale and uses open strings as on a n’goni.

His song Batoumambé is a very emotional song, about a women from the Bozo fishing tribe. The Youtube Comment, “Two people from different worlds discover an impossible love, The young Bozo fisherman and the siren of the river. They could neither be seen together, nor marry. From their idyll, a proverb has grown: ‘Not all love ends in marriage’. But love remains strong. The fisherman said: ‘When I touch your breasts, it is not desire. It is out of love for the owner of the breasts. ….(etc.), My dear Battoumanbe, not all love ends in marriage’ .” from AdissJimer is very informing.

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Music from France – Teranga

TERANGA in Senegal means: “The land of welcome, sharing and hospitality.” TERANGA is a show that gathers mentally handicapped musicians – most of them having Downs Syndrome – with professional musicians. They began performing in 2000.

Music from the World – Jobarteh Kunda

Jobarteh Kunda is Munich-based international band with members from Africa, the Caribbean, the US, Italy and Germany. They formed in 1999 and are known for their world music. Here’s “Maimuna”:

Music from Senegal – Touré Kunda

Touré Kunda is a Senegalese musical group whose 20-year career encompasses recordings in six languages and collaborations with well-known musicians such as Carlos Santana. They have had considerable success in Africa and Europe, and are active in social causes such as Children’s rights and advocates for the homeless. Here is the song “Nidiaye”

Find also Emma

Music from Sweden/Senegal – Sousou & Maher Cissoko

A special song. Sousou and Maher Cissoko are a married music duo from Sweden and Senegal. Their music is a mix of traditional african sounds with european sounds. Listen to their great song “Lita Pa Mig”:

Listen to Jangfata. And here’s their Featured Album “Stockholm-Dakar”