If you’re familiar with the artist that is Salif Keita, you’re no doubt just as intrigued by his music as his life in general.

Salif is a direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founder of the Mali empire. As a young boy his family rejected him as a result of his albinism (which was considered a bad omen in their culture) and his desire to pursue music, a dream that was considered lowly for members of the royal family.

He then moved to the city of Bamako where he played in nightclubs until he was invited to play with The Rail Band, a government-sponsored outfit. After three years Salif and a few members of The Rail Band relocated to Cote d’Ivoire where they formed a new band called Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux.

If you’re familiar with the artist that is Salif Keita, you’re no doubt just as intrigued by his music as his life in general. Salif is a direct descendant of Sundiata

It was then that Salif started making waves in the world of music, and in 1977 he was awarded the National Order of Guinea by President Toure. With his newfound success, he made the decision to pursue a solo career, a move that led him to Paris where he was welcomed with open arms and a Grammy nomination.

In 2006, Salif returned back home to Mali where he opened up a recording studio and continues to make music today

His style of music, which is a combination of Afro-pop, Cuban and salsa with a hint of Afro-jazz has made him a firm favourite on the continent and internationally. A heart-warming story for a boy once rejected. 

 Albums

Seydou Bathili

Soro    

Ko-Yan

Amen  

Destiny of a Noble Cast         

69-80  

Folon  

Rail Band        

Papa   

Mama

The Best of Salif Keita

Sosie   

Moffou           

The Best of the Early Years   

Remixes from Moffou           

M’Bemba

The Lost Album

La Difference 

Tale