Nené Diabaté is one of the most popular young singers in Mali. The daughter of the much loved, Nainy Diabaté, she is a true jelimousoulou or griotte, and she sings in the traditional style of praise singers, as well as takes chances with a modern take on the classics. Nené Diabaté is one of the female artists, who is expected to follow in the footsteps of greats like Babani Koné.
Palmer Keita is a young rapper and pop singer, who has many colours on his musical palette. Born and raised in Segou, he is very conscious of his roots in the Peul people and has incorporated it in his show, wearing the traditional hat associated with this people, which is nomadic and known all over West Africa. Palmer has very direct lyrics, which echoes his upbringing in an intellectual family, and he was one of the two artists, who qualified for Spot On Mali Music in 2016 from the formative school of music in downtown Bamako, I.N.A.
Coumba Sira Koitá has since a number of years been one of the most exciting singers in Mali. She started out very young and although she has been taught by the famous Wassoulou superstar, Nahawa Doumbia, and is close with daughter Dozo Bagayogo and the late singer, Ramata Diakité, she actually is from Djenné, the ancient town near Mopti. Coumba Sira Koitá has a high pitched voice and a charismatic way of performing, which makes her a delight to see live. Check her out!
Young and exciting singer with roots in the Songhai language and culture. Aba Djiteye was one of two winners in the Pre-Spot selection at I. N. A. (Institut National des Arts) before the Spot On Mali Music music festival in January 2015.
This great singer is from Dire, which is near the fabled city of Timbuktu. If Khaira Arby is the Queen of Tamachek music, then Ami Wassidjé is the princess. Outspoken and direct and with a stage presence, you will not forget this little shining star once you have met her or heard her voice. Spot On Mali Music are very grateful and honoured to be working with the woman, whose full name is Aminata Wassidjé Traoré.
Rap music is exploding in Mali. And one of the hottest young names is Mylmo. At Spot Sur Le Mali at Maison des Jeunes in Bamako all the kids knew every word. His flow is contageous and his statements are accurate and right NOW. A constant feature in the media, this young rapper hit the prestigious Festival Sur Le Niger in Segou. Watch out for Mylmo of Mali.
Wassoulou singer from the same tradition which produced Oumou Sangaré, Mama Diakité is a great personality on stage with a cult following in Mali. The voice is great and on stage she delivers a deeply mezmerising show, which is as authentic as it gets. Her performance at Spot On Mali Music 2016 at Maison des Jeunes was one of the best. A hard working artist at all holidays and especially at the famous Sundays in Bamako with many marriages, Mama Diakité is always busy. And now ready for the international career.
Manding Color is a brand new band consisting of four koraplayers. The leader is Aliou Diarra, who was educated at the music conservatories in Bamako in Mali as well as at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Aarhus/Aalborg in Denmark. With ideas from both Malian and European music tradition, the group delivers a meditative flow, over which the beautiful voice of singer Ousmane Traoré soars.
The jazz sensation of Mali, Pamela Badjogo, is actually born in Gabon. She ended up studying in Mali and met the mentor of many, Cheick Tidiane Seck. He took her to Dee Dee Bridgewater, when the american legend was recording at Studio Bogolan in Bamako. A television host and very hard working, Pamela has become a household name in Mali. While she with hits like the lullaby Bô, and her convincing singing is stepping out of the confines of West Africa and into international recognition.
Madou Sidiki Diabaté is from a long line of griot musicians going more than 61 generations back. Actually he also calls himself Jobarteh, which is the Gambian spelling of his last name, and meant as a homage to his grandfather, Amadou Bansang Jobarteh.
His brother, Toumani Diabaté, is world famous, and Madou is on the same high level, although different from his brother. He masters the angelic sounding passages, where the 21-stringed kora reminds one of a fast flowing brook. But he also has the other side: a dynamic and versatile arranger, a craft he in particular shows, when backing his equally famous wife, the stellar singer, Safi Diabaté.
We are humbled, that Madou Sidiki Diabaté is part of Spot On Mali Music. A world musician of the first degree.
The daughter of Fousseyni Kouyate - brother of n'goni virtuoso, Bassekou Kouyate - Kankou is rapidly gaining recognition for her warm and sweet voice, which is alto as origin, but which bends both high and low. Curiously she takes Malian standards and turn them into her own, while she also sings the repertoire of the jeli or griotte caste, which she is a proud member of. With the family's Gambari Band, which includes the young n'goni virtuoso, Mamadou "Barou" Kouyate, she can be seen at Bamako's Mistral Hotel and she has the voice and stage manner, which soon will elevate her out on the international scenes.
Charles Niare is one of the very promising singers emerging out of the Music Conservatory in Bamako. Already in 2015 he was the star of the selected band from his school, and in 2016 he has finally grown to become a well known name in Bamako with many concerts over the past year. With a beautiful somewhat hoarse voice not unlike a saxophone, and a lust for dancing on stage, he is one of the performers you want to see again and again. Positive and charismatic, that is Charles Niare.
The new star of Mali. From Kita like so many great singers of Griot family, Safi has - always with her husband Madou Sidiki Diabaté as band leader and star on the kora - been the next great singer from Mali over the last years. Her performance at last year's Festival Sur Le Niger at Segou was a sensation, and when she was closing this year´s Spot On Mali Music it was if history was made. With a liveshow and stage presence that is on the same level as legends like Oumou Sangaré. Look out for Safi Diabaté.
This exciting group from Segou is showcasing the original sound of the Bobo music of the region. Originally founded and supported in connection with the Festival Sur Le Niger and the cultural scene around the Hampé Hotel in Segou, this group are a fresh breath of the past that are ready for the stages outside of Mali. Their performance at Spot On Mali 3rd edition in January 2016 was a great succes, and we expect much from this band of musicians.
Sadio Sidibé is an artist with a tremendous power. She is Wassoulou Peul, and can be compared with artists like Oumou Sangaré and Nahawa Doumbia. Originally a dancer and percussionist she worked with luminaries like the late Ramata Diakité. Sadio has great songs and exciting arrangements, and her voice and timing has the promise of a female African artist of the highest order.
Antaara is a new band created by the artist Daouda Coulibaly. Dominated by the kamele n'goni harp of the hunters, they sound like a river. Over which the two singers unfold their call and response style of song. Antaara covers many styles including Songhai and Bambara. At Spot On Mali Music 2nd edition in January 2015 they were a huge and positive surprise. Check them out.
Mariam Koné is one of the rising stars on the Malian sky. Beautiful voice and the floating guitar lines, with poignant lyrics. Mariam has over the last years caught the attention of a growing audience outside of her homeland, and was featured on the 2014 edition of Festival Sur Le Niger in Segou.
One of the best new artists in Malian Rap Music. Tal-B is extremely popular among the young of Mali, where he fills up stadiums with his direct and very appealing stage show. We were lucky to present him at the 2015 edition of Spot On Mali Music at Maison des Jeunes in Bamako.
One of the great Wassoulou singers from the Sikasso region. We were floorede by her show on Spot On Mali Music 2eme edition in January 2015. Great voice and a traditional approach to the stage show, she looked like the next great gem from incredible Mali. The voice haunts you and her many albums have made her a household name in Mali. It is time for Mamou Sidibé to start playing outside Mali.
Roots has no boundaries. Son of famous Malian politician and living both in Mali’s Koulikoro and in Denmark, the land of his mother. Has created a unique platform, where everybody works with the kind man with the trademark smile. Open doors and masterful musicianship has earned deep respect among stars in Mali and Denmark alike. Moussa is responsible for selection of artists for Spot On Mali Music.
Naïny Diabaté is household name in Mali. A female Griot, the famous praise singers of Bambara tradition. And the mother of the new star, Nènè Diabaté. Loved and respected for her unique voice and work on the kamele n'goni. Naïny Diabaté has formed an all-female group, which is a revolution in Mali. Here she speaks of the issues of women. Meet them in concert and experience a vibrant group, who explores new ways for a centuries old tradition. Could be the next international sensation from Mali.
Cheicknè Sissoko feat. Yah Kouyaté. He is a master drummer. Speaking the language of beats through a flurry of beats on the 5 Tama drums. Watch him talk the talk of the drum and make you dance. And hear the impressive voice of his wife, Yah Kouyaté. Both are griot and steeped in the tradition of Mali. But the approach is fresh and new with a stage show, that will impress you.
This young artist has been taught by Rokia Traoré. And it shows. From the unorthodox artist Virginie has taken a taste for breaking with tradition. Her voice can be sweet with many fine nuances, but her show is daring and she will be one of the most interesting artists in Mali over the next years.
The group from Gao are exponents of modern Takamba music. Their rise on the world stage have been meteoric and today they are among the most sought after Malian bands. Spot On Mali Music presented Songhoy Blues at Maison des Jeunes as one of the bands at our festival in January 2014. Before that they had caught the attention of Damon Albarn. Our film (in french) will feature shortly.
Next wave from Mali. International eyes follow Ben Zabo. Out on acclaimed Glitterhouse Records. Haunting songs and a stage persona you will not forget. Afrobeat meets Malian tradition in an inspired mix. Tantalizing sounds and rhythms hints at Afrobeat. Degree from the conservatory in Mali. Experience from Bamako’s legendary Bogolan Studios.
Impressive singer of the famous Griot tradition. Already a fixture at the famous Sunday weddings of Bamako. In the school of music which fostered Kasse Mady and Abdoulaye Diabaté. But also daring musical arrangements, that points towards Afrobeat and Disco. While a rare voice of honey floats over with emotion and transports you. Look out for Nampé and his outstanding group. Unforgettable.
One of the great guitar players in Mali. Baba Salah is from Gao and represents Songhaï culture in the finest way. He calls himself a representative of alle the great masters back in the turbulent corner of Mali, where the Takamba music is infectious, but also largely overlooked. But also an artist, who knows all the chops of a modern international guitarist. Nice optimistic singing and a guitar, which has given him the nickname "Jimi Hendrix of Mali".
The sound of the future. Already famous in Bamako for his blending with hiphop and tradition. Of Griot or Jeli family he is the nephew of the great Habib Koité. At Spot On Mali Music 2nd edition in January 2015, M'bouille really showed his great potential as a solo artist with a magnificent show. He will be one of the Malian stars of the future.
CAMM is the conservatory in Bamako, our partner at Spot On Mali Music. The full name is Conservatoire de Arts et Metiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté. So CAMM All Stars is not one group, but a name for the many groups and individual artists, who are part of the wonderful institution, high up on the hill overlooking Bamako. This page will be, where you find the various talents, who are all stars to us.
Mountaga Diabaté is one of the promising new Griot or Jeli singers. His soft and beautiful voice really have all the qualities we know from greats like Kasse Mady Diabaté. So it is no coincidence that Toumani Diabaté currently uses his talents in his liveband. Mountaga is out of good family, closely related as he is to the great guitarplayer, Djelimady Tounkara. This leader of Rail Band and part of the international AfroCubism project, is Mountaga's venerated teacher. We are proud to present this great artist.
Voice like sweet honey. While fingers strike the strings of the Kora with the command of a virtuoso. Adama Yalomba has been on the scene and is respected among the international stars. Has toured and recorded abroad. Now he is here in his own right. A natural showman sings words of praise and laments of the Blues. Tradition fresh as rain and comments on the present. We are proud to present Adama Yalomba.
Institut National des Arts in downtown Bamako is a legendary school in Mali. Founded back in the 1930'es it is the formative school where many of the great artists have gone to. Just think of musicians like Habib Koité og Cheick Tidiane Seck. Or the artist, Abdoulaye Konaté. A sprawling place, where everything seems to happen: music, theatre, dance, art and the classes in self defence at night.. But more than anything the music.