Mali has produced some of the great superstars of modern African music: kora player Toumani Diabaté, golden voiced singers Salif Keita and Oumou Sangare, dancebands like the Super Rail Band, and the great river-bluesman Ali Farka Touré. Lucy Duran, presenter of Radio 3'sWorld Routes, has spent years in Mali researching the music of its flamboyant divas, and has worked as a producer with some of Mali's leading musicians. Listen to the whole programme (18'30) or click on any of the tracks to the left.
by Salif Keita
album: Folon: The Past
Mango (UK) A captivating dance track from the man with the golden voice.
by Kandia Kouyate
album: Kita Kan
Stern's (UK) The most powerful female griot of the past twenty years.
by Super Rail Band
Indigo (France) The revamped 90s sound of Mali's greatest band, founded in 1970.