Music from Mali – Boubacar Traore

Boubacar Traoré (born 1942 in Kayes, Mali) is a renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Traoré also goes by the nickname Kar Kar, “the one who dribbles too much” in Bambara, a reference to his soccer playing: “a nickname I got from playing soccer when I was young. People would yell ‘Kari, Kari’ – dribble, dribble – the name stuck with me”.

Considered as a bluesman in the western countries, Boubacar Traore, is above all someone passionate whose music distils emotions and dreams with simplicity and precision. His powerful and warm voice sings his country’s history, the hope and despair of the Malian people, their love and expectations, the world surrounding them – striking melodies, all inspired from the Kassonke Malian tradition in which he has always bathed in.

His inimitable style warmhearted as well as wistful can be heard on his latest album, “Kongo Magni” released in 2005 by the label Marabi. Boubacar’s fame takes roots in the 1950s. He entertains the Malian post-independence days, when Bamako dances to “Mali Twist” or “Kabeya”. Here is the song “Mariama”

Music from Algeria – Cheb Mami

Cheb Mami is an algerian Rai and pop musician, born in 1966. As I’m really a fan of african culture and music, I like his song “Aller les Africains”, in english: go on africans. Hope they’d start a way out of war up to peace.

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 – Fatoumata Diawara

I already featured this artist a few days ago, but Ras sent me another great song from her. Fatoumata Diawara is a Folk Wassoulou musician from Mali with her nice song “Bakonoba“:

Listen to Bissa too

This was a Music-Suggestion from Ras, thanks!

Music from Mali – Salif Keita

Salif Keita is one of the most poplar African pop-music artists. Because of having albinism, he was offended by his family when he was young. Albinos need respect too, Salif Keita is a good example for typical albino problems: he had to leave his home early to live in Bamako and reached with detours Paris, to get more popular. We should pay respect to this man, and we should’t despise albinos! His song “Tomorrow” is one of his best:

Music from Mali – Smod

Smod is great band performing world music and rap influenced by traditional and reggae elements from Mali. Here’s their nice song “Les Dirigeants Africains“:

This was a Music-Suggestion from Cool Your Jets IV, thanks!

Music from Mali – Oumou Sangare

Oumou Sangare, born 1968, in Bamako, Mali is a Malian Wassoulou musician. She is an advocate for women’s rights, opposing child marriage and polygamy. Here´s her song – “Seya”