Malian guitarist and singer Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians.
One of the keys to his success has been his dedication to touring. As true road warriors, Habib Koite & Bamada have performed more than 1700 shows since 1994 and appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages worldwide.
Habib Koité brings together different styles of Malian music and creates a new pan-Malian approach that reflects his open-minded interest in all types of music. He has gained a strong fan base by integrating the rock and folk sounds of the Western world, without watering down his cherished Malian roots.
Called "Mali's biggest pop star" by Rolling Stone (in an infamous article in which Bonnie Raitt compared Habib to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn), he has also received raving reviews from widely read publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times.
In 2019 Habib Koité released his sixth studio album 'Kharifa'. Kharifa was recorded and mixed in Bamako. The sound of the country, its rich and diverse musical traditions and instruments (ngoni, flute, kora, doun doun…), permeates the twelve tracks that make up this superb project.
Habib Koité - Lead vocal, guitar
Abdoul Wahab Berhé - Bass, kamalé ngoni
Issa Koné - Guitar, banjo, backing vocals
Charly Coulibaly - Keyboard, backing vocals
Mama Koné - Percussions, backing vocals
Mahamadou Koné - Tamani (talking drums), barra