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Salif Keita

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, Rovi
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todoerol
Big Respect, Grand frère Keita!
Tres originAl!!!
2 SPECIAL 4 WORDS!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)!!!!!!!!! !
such a calming voice. peace!
Have always listened to his music even if i dont know the language. love this music! proudly african!
Amazing artist.
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
elhadjkeita
Proud to be a Keita of Mali :)
Salif Keita is one best singers of the modern times.
Beautiful stuff. Amazing music 'sans' vulgarity. This is food for thought and the most appealing sounds and lyrics. Just great.
Well done :)
One of the finest voices, of African music Salif Keita music is fantastic and make feel good truly a great musician.
His songs bring peace & happiness in my soul
His songs make me feel happy, peaceful and strong
Ton ton Salif is the greatest! His music with Les Ambassadeurs is also classic and never gets old. I encourage everyone to go and see him in concert when possible. It is an experience to behold.
i love salif keita im going to mali this summer i have to go meet him
He is amazing I definitely like his songs
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Great artist
He's the in my top three musicians of all time...tupac , Peter tosh and salif Keita make me so high of music
elbete01
Salif's songs put me at ease!
Salif has this rich Africa's finest music vocal. I love all his songs and i play them over and over again without getting bored!
He is definitely in the Top Ten of my Favorite artist of all time. Barring none.
when i am depressed Salif is the only person that can make me lift my self up from that mood and start dance,in my face bool profile, he is my number one artist love him so so so much
I DON' KNOW THE LANGUAGE, HE IS AMAZING!!!
best of his time......He is my number 1
.......simpl y beautiful... .
afrikanzion
His music is always heartfelt. I love experiencing his music. A 'natural high' music always.
I knew of Salif in the 80's and saw him at a club called Kilamonjaro.
He brings back ancestral memories.
I LOVE Salif Keita! Such feel good music!
the goombah loves african music am honored to hear these artists. i can chant and dance with them it just feels like the music moves me to participate while im listening. very deep feeling glad they churn this amazing grooves
He sends me somewhere I have never been before-a master of his art.
fkramo
I am from Ghana and I love this guy a lot. I do not understand what he says in his music but the arrangements are always on point. He is simply phenomenon!
Play.
dadybenz
just 1 salif keita.he is the best
I listen to alot of music. He is in the top 5 musicians on the planet. Played with members of Jazz fusion group weather report.
this man's music just makes me wanna groove..wish I'd discovered him sooner!! Rock on S. Keita
He is the best ever
dkarisa
the voice of Afrika - one of Afrika's greatest vocalists
elfofana3035
the best of all times
love your music Simbon Keita!!!!
mrazouane
I loved African music that I consider the purest form of music close to nature. Nothing like not even close and Salif Keita embodies that and more. Love it!
me too. . . i was looking for specifically african percussion, and typed a couple of Djembefolas in, with no results. . . if anyone knows of any djembe players here on pandora from africa, please let me know. . .
tayani
Agree with Mr. Liss and M. Franco - send email mentioned below!
I agree with M. Franco, in fact, I would go further, your African music section doesn't exist...Step h e n Liss

Martin "Dyani" Franco says: 05-29-2009
PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO: suggest-musi c @ p a n d o r a . c o m AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR AFRICAN MUSIC COLLECTION IS VERY WEAK. WHERE IS FELA ANIKAPULO KUTI
KING SUNNY ADE
YOUSSOU N���DOUR
SALIF KEITA
FEMI KUTI
SEUN KUTI
PAPA WEMBA
FRANCO
BEMBEYA JAZZ
HABIB KOITE
CHEIKH LO
KANDA BONGO MAN
SAM MANGWANA
PAPA WEMBA
ASTER AWEKE
FODAY
Amadou & Mariam
Orchestra Baobab
PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO: suggest-musi c @ p a n d o r a . c o m AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR AFRICAN MUSIC COLLECTION IS VERY WEAK. WHERE IS FELA ANIKAPULO KUTI
KING SUNNY ADE
YOUSSOU N’DOUR
SALIF KEITA
FEMI KUTI
SEUN KUTI
PAPA WEMBA
FRANCO
BEMBEYA JAZZ
HABIB KOITE
CHEIKH LO
KANDA BONGO MAN
SAM MANGWANA
PAPA WEMBA
ASTER AWEKE
FODAY MUSA SUSO
MORY KANTE
TINARIWEN
TOUMANI DIABATE
OUMOU SANGARE
AMADOU ET MARIAM
AND SO MANY MORE GREAT AFRICAN ARTISTS. WRITE THEM TO SUGGEST IMPROVEMENT! ! !
crubio8129
Ummm.... Very interesting, but not Salif
What's up with this?? I want Salif!
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