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Radio 3 Guide to World Music
Oumou Sangare  (©Lucy Duran)
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's World 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.

One Tekere
by Salif Keita
album: Folon: The Past
Mango (UK)
A captivating dance track from the man with the golden voice.
Two Douwawou
by Kandia Kouyate
album: Kita Kan
Stern's (UK)
The most powerful female griot of the past twenty years.
Three Mansa
by Super Rail Band
album: Mansa
Indigo (France)
The revamped 90s sound of Mali's greatest band, founded in 1970.
Hear the ProgrammeRough Guide Discography
Four Bi Lamban
by Toumani Diabaté with Ballake Sissoko
album: New Ancient Strings
Hannibal (UK)
Sublime duets by two master instrumentalists of the kora.
Five Sigi Kuruni
by Oumou Sangaré
album: Ko Sira
World Circuit (UK)
The classic album of Wassoulou music by its greatest singer.
Lucy Duran and Wassoulou village (©Lucy Duran)
Tracks 6 - 10


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