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Salif Keita

Born: Jan 1, 1949 in Djoliba, Mali
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Genre: World
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography
Amen
Released: 1991
Label: Island Records
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An early-'90s album from the great Salif Keita. This one pulls out all the stops to appeal to a Western audience at some level. Keita's vocals are, as always, outstanding. On top of this, though, a slew ...Read full review
Soro
Released: 1987
Label: Island Records
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Salif Keita's success story reads like an improbable historical novel. Born in Mali and descended from a famous warrior king of the Manding Empire, Keita is an albino, which is still considered bad luck ...Read full review