Baaba Maal

Born 12 November 1953.
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Baaba Maal talks about contemporary African music

An extract from the BBC Four documentary The African Rock 'n' Roll Years.

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Baaba Maal (born 12 November 1953) is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is probably Senegal's most famous musician after Youssou N'Dour. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels. In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary.

Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of African Soul Revolutionary

    African Soul Revolutionary 2010

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Quality tunes from the time before Maal entered his major label phase.
  2. Review of Television

    Television 2009

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Pleasant tunes but . . . Maal is too discreet a presence on his own album.
  3. Review of The Best Of The Early Years

    The Best Of The Early Years 2003

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    Traditional Senegalese music is what he plays. Uniquely.
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