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Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.
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March 13, 2013 Mali is currently a country in crisis. Yet this West African country boasts one of the world's richest musical traditions, and iconic artists like Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Tinariwen. With help from our friends at Afropop Worldwide, we selected 100 songs that demonstrate Mali's musical breadth.
African legend Salif Keita just released his new album, La Difference.
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July 6, 2010 Mali's best-known singer is an albino and, as such, generally viewed with condescension -- if not superstition and fear -- in much of Africa. Keita has long spoken out on behalf of albinos, but on his new album, La Difference, he sings about the subject for the first time.
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July 23, 2009 These five songs will work within any summer party mix. All come from the now-vintage repertoire of Afropop legends, and all have stood the test of time and animated countless festive occasions around the world. They're presented here in sequence to match the phases of a good party, from greeting and eating to drinking and dancing.
August 16, 2006 Salif Keita has been called the "golden voice of Mali" and a pioneer of the music called Afro-pop. But his latest CD, M'bemba (Ancestor), features traditional African instruments and a "more spontaneous" sound.
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November 11, 2002 New acoustic music from Youssou N'Dour; The African fusion of Mali's Salif Keita; The remastered Nonesuch Explorer Series; Stardust memories of Hoagy Carmichael and more.
October 8, 2002 NPR's Elizabeth Blair profiles Malian musician Salif Keita, one of the master's of the "world music" movement. Keita moved back to Mali recently after living and working in France for 16 years. His new album is a return to the more traditional sounding music and features several rising musicians from Mali. Keita was shunned as a child because he is albino. He's trying to help remove the stigma that many Africans attach to the genetic condition.
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