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Singer Salif Keita (uncredited)

Salif Keita

For more than 40 years Salif Keita has been the goldsmith of modern Malian music, tirelessly pursuing his craft by extending musical frontiers in a constant quest for new ways to make records. In the course of his travels, Salif Keita never put aside his Mande roots and culture. A pioneering singer and composer, he made his first appearance in the avant-garde of music thanks to his vocal exploits with the Rail Band and the Ambassadeurs, two of the greatest Malian orchestras of the ‘70s, before he became one of the great revelations of the nascent world music genre after his solo debut with the album Soro in 1987.After such later classics as Moffou in 2002 and M'Bemba in 2005, today he beautifully brings the decade to a close with La Différence, the third chapter of his acoustic trilogy released by Universal Jazz. Salif Keita is a man in perpetual motion.