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 is dedication to touring. A true road warrior, Habib Koite & Bamada have performed more than 1500 shows since 1994 and appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages worldwide.
He 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), Habib has also received raves from widely read publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times.
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
Africa, Asia, Europe