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Baaba Maal.

Baaba Maal On Mountain Stage

May 2, 2013 Senegal's Baaba Maal has built a career spanning more than three decades, with a trademark sound that's found huge success around the globe. In this archival performance from 1995, Maal performs a unique and influential blend of traditional and popular African styles.

Senegalese singer Baaba Maal appears in this archival episode of Mountain Stage, recorded in January 1995. Maal is among Senegal's best-known musicians, with a worldwide following and a performance history that spans more than three decades. He studied music, first in Dakar and then in Paris, before returning home to study with his family's griot, a blind guitarist named Mansour Seck.

Like many African musicians, Maal blends traditional and popular styles, and works with music of other ethnic groups and nationalities — in fact, his music led to the formation of the Afro-Celt Sound System. In 2012, he was named Oxfam's Global Ambassador.

Set List
  • "Percussion Intro"
  • "Bamba Bodian"
  • "African Women"
  • "Hamandy Boiro"

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