Salif Keïta is a Malian afro-pop singer-songwriter known affectionately as "The Golden Voice of Africa." His music combines West African music aspects (often employing balafons, djembes, and koras) with influences from both Europe and the Americas (often employing guitars, organs, saxophones, and synthesizers) whilst maintaining ano overall, recognizably Islamic feel.
Salif Keïta was born into Mali's royal caste on August 25th, 1949 in the city of Djoliba, a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keïta. However, his desire to sing (traditionally reserved for those of the griot caste) and his albinism resulted in his ostracization from his family. Keïta left Djoliba for Bamako in 1967, where he... Read More