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    Salif Keita

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Moriba lyrics
    2Gaffou lyrics
    Laban lyrics
    4Madan (Exotic Disco Edit) lyrics
    Martin Solveig versus Salif Keita
    5Bobo lyrics
    Madan (Exotic Disco) lyrics
    Martin Solveig versus Salif Keita
    7Madan lyrics
    8Tu Vas Me Manquer lyrics
    Papa lyrics
    10Dery lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    Soro [1987]
    Folon...The past [1995]
    Moffou [2002]
    569-80 [1994]
    6Best Of The Early Years [1995]
    Amen [1991]
    8Ko-Yan [1989]
    9The Mansa of Mali ... A Retrospective [1995]
    10Sosie [2001]


    Salif Keita gave up a lot to pursue his dreams of a career in music. Born to royal lineage, with ancestral roots going back to Soundjata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire in 1240, Keita was disowned by his father after announcing his plans to play music. Keita's dreams, however, were too strong to be shattered. Moving to the capitol city of Bamako in 1967, he was soon playing in nightclubs with one of his brothers. Within two years, he was invited to join the Rail Band. A popular, government-sponsored group that played regularly at the Buffet Hotel de la Gare, the Rail Band featured influential Malian guitar player Kante Manfila. Keita's soulful singing soon brought the band to a much higher plateau. In 1973, Keita and several members of the Rail Band relocated to Abidjian, the capitol of Cote d'Ivoire (The Ivory Coast). Renamed Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux, the group continued to attract attention with their lively fusion of Cuban, Zairean, and Malian influences.

    In 1977, Keita received the prestigious National Order of Guinea from President Ahmed Sekou Toure. Encouraged to pursue a solo career, Keita moved to Paris in 1984. Settling in the city's Montreuil section, he found a thriving community of more than 15,000 transplanted Malians. Predictions of success proved true with the release of Keita's debut solo album, Soro, in 1987. Produced by Ibrahim Sylla, the album combined African, jazz, funk, Europop, and R&B influences. Keita continued his recording career with several releases for Mango throughout the '90s, including the Mansa of Mali anthology, before moving to Blue Note for Papa in 1999 and then Decca, where he debuted with Moffou in 2002. Moffou was considered some of Keita's finest work to date, and he received a Grammy nomination for the album. Keita then returned to Bamako, Mali, in order to record his next full-length effort, M'Bemba, which came out in 2006. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

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