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Habib Koité
Influences: African , West European
Genres: world, roots, malian, african, acoustic, mali, pop, rap, dogon, photos reportage in studio
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10 times in the Global Top 40
February 2023 #37 - Global Top 40 Fatma (from cd "Ma Ya" 1998 - cj003) (video)
January 2023 #1 - Global Top 40 Fatma (from cd "Ma Ya" 1998 - cj003) (video)
May 2022 #35 - Global Top 40 Téréré (track)
8 times in the Global Top 40
New Band and New Songs from Mali - Habib Koité concert @ Arte TV Dass der Sänger und Gitarrist  Habib Koite  aus Mali nur zwei Jahre nach seinem letzten Auftritt wieder beim Africa Festival zu Gast ist, hat einen guten Grund. Inzwischen hat er seine Band  Bamada  komplett umgebaut, was auf dem  aktuellen Album Soo  zu hören ist. Die Kora ist verschwunden, stattdessen gibt es jetzt ein Banjo und ein Keyboard, die mit Habibs Gitarre und den Trommeln verschmelzen. Auch auf der neuen CD führt er wieder die Klänge des Vielvölkerstaats Mali zusammen,  singt über Freundschaft und Freunde  und ruft zum  friedlichen Zusammenleben  auf, was nach den Ereignissen der ­letzten Jahre notwendiger denn je ist. Habib Koite hat seine Musik nicht radikal neu erfunden, aber das, was so viele Fans in aller Welt an ihm mögen, dezent und stil­sicher weiterentwickelt. more
CONTRE-JOUR - 20 YEARS ! ! - double concert with Kareyce Fotso @ Institut Français - 04/04/2014 CONTRE-JOUR - 20 YEARS ! DOUBLE CONCERT: HABIB KOITÉ and KAREYCE FOTSO After touring the US and Europe Habib is back in Bamako. And we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Contre-Jour with a double concert. Kareyce Fotso will perform songs of her new album 'Mokte" and Habib Koité is going to present his new album 'Soô' to his friends and fans in Bamako. more
Habib Koite, Soô - Full Tour Schedule: 01/31/2014, Fri Sebastopol, CA Sebastopol Community Centre 390 Morris Street Tix: $32-$27, Doors Open: 7:15 pm, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: 707.829.7067 02/01/2014, Sat San Francisco, CA Nourse Theatre 5 Hayes Street 02/03/2014, Mon Santa Cruz, CA Kuumbwa Jazz Center 20- 2 Cedar Street Tix: $33-$28, Doors Open: 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm, Show: 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm Ph: 831.427.2227 02/06/2014, Thu Seattle, WA The Triple Door 216 Union Street Tix: $35-$25, Doors Open: 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm, Show: 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (21+) Ph: 206.838.4333 02/07/2014, Fri North Vancouver, BC Canada Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mather Avenue 02/09/2014, Sun Denver, CO Daniels Halls 71 East Yale Avenue Tix: $28-$26, Show: 7:00 pm Ph: 303.777.1003 02/10/2014, Mon Taos, NM Taos Mesa Brewing 20 ABC Mesa Rd Tix: $18.00, Show: 7.00 pm Ph: (575) 758-1900 02/12/2014, Wed Colombus, OH Lincoln Theater 769 E Long St. Tix: $20.00 - $25.00, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (614) 384-5640 02/13/2014, Thu London, ON Canada Aeolian Hall Performing Arts Centre 795 Dundas St. Tix: $30.00 - $35.00, Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (519) 672-7950 02/14/2014, Fri Toronto, ON Canada Mod Club Theatre 722 College St Show: 7:00 pm Ph: (416) 588-4663 02/15/2014, Sat Montreal, QC Canada L'Astral 305 Ste Catherine O Tix: $32.00- $36.55, Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (514) 288-8882 02/16/2014, Sun Northampton, MA Iron Horse 20 Center St Tix: $25.00- $30.00, Show: 7:00 pm Ph: (413) 486-8686 02/18/2014, Tue Ann Arbor, MI The Ark 316 S Main St Tix: $20.00, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (734) 761-1451 02/21/2014, Fri Madison, WI Capitol Center 02/22/2014, Sat Lafayette, IN Duncan Hall 619 Ferry St (765) 745-4788 02/24/2014, Mon Des Moines, IA Civic Center's Temple Theater 1011 Locust Street Ph: (515) 321-8498 02/25/2014, Tue Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave Tix: $30.00, Show: 7:30 pm Ph: (612) 338-2674 02/27/2014, Thu Evanston, IL Pick Staiger Concert Hall 50 Arts Cir Dr Tix: $10.00 - $22.00, Show: 7:30 pm Ph: (847) 491- 5441 02/28/2014, Fri St. Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall 3648 Washington Blvd Tix: $35.00- $40.00, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (314) 533-9900 03/01/2014, Sat Marion, IL Marion Cultureal & Civic Center 800 Tower Square Plaza Ph: (618) 997-4030 03/02/2014, Sun Louisville, KY Clifton Center 2117 Payne St Tix: $19.00 - $24.00, Show: 7:00 pm Ph: 502.896.8480 03/05/2014, Wed Vienna, VA Barns at Wolftrap 1645 Trap Road Tix: $35.00, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: 1 877 965-3872 03/06/2014, Thu New York, NY City Winery 155 Varick St Tix: $28.00 - $35.00, Doors Open: 6:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (212) 608-0555 03/07/2014, Fri Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre 55 Davis Square Tix: $34.00, Show: 8:00 pm Ph: (617) 625-5700 more
\ With all the turmoil that has hit Mali since singing guitar master Habib Koité's last recording, it is no wonder that his February 25, 2014 release, titled Soô (which translates to Home in English), was recorded in his own home. But the civil strife in Mali was not what drove the musician to do his first home recording. The real reason simply was-just like many other established musicians-because he could. What started as a logistical decision paved the way for the album's theme. For a musician, on the road for long stretches, home becomes a dream, a vision. A place to treasure. But this home is much more than four walls. It's a chance to draw together all the strands of his life - his music, his friends, his countrymen. A chance to breathe, to reflect, and to make some changes. "On this album most of the songs are played by new musicians," Koité explains. "I had the same band for 22 years, they played on all my albums and tours everywhere in the world. All my albums, I did with them." It was time for fresh blood; only bassist Abdul Berthe remains from the old lineup. Even the engineers were new - one of them Koité's twenty-year-old son. Habib Koité's Soô has had a complete makeover. Not only personnel, but songwriting and instrumentation. The drum kit has gone, replaced with a percussionist on calabash and djembe. And with this album, Koité has brought the banjo home to Africa. After playing with American bluesman Eric Bibb on 2012's Brothers in Bamako and on tour, Koité adopted Bibb's six-string instrument belonging to Eric Bibb. "It gives another effect to my sound, something new," says Koité. "Issa, my other guitarist, said 'Wow, I've never played this instrument.'"Neither had Koité, but he knew he wanted to hear the banjo in his new music along with the brand-new guitar which was a gift from a fan in England. It has a wide neck, like his familiar nylon-stringed instrument, but this uses metal strings. "The sound is so great. I fell in love with it and decided to record all the songs with this guitar." But he made a few changes, switching to heavy strings for a cleaner sound. "You can hear it on 'Drapeau,'" he observes, a song which features just Koité and the guitar. "I muted the bottom strings. You can hear the bass lines and the treble separately that way." Singing in Malinke, Bambara, and Dogon, and incorporating styles and rhythms from all over the country, Koité brings together the diversity of ethnicities of Mali on Soô. But that's a perfectly natural feeling to him. Growing up in Kayes, he was surrounded by a Babel of tongues, and that continued when he moved to the the capital, Bamako. A student of classical guitar, he also learned jazz on his way to becoming a master of the instrument, "the African Clapton" as he's been called. And from the start he's relished mixing things up in his own music. On his 1995 song "Fatma,"Koité crossed cultural borders playing a sonrai style from the North, creating a hit in Mali. Ten years later the great singer Afel Boucoum told Koité that he was shaken by this song. "he thought it was familiar, but somehow very different." That mix of Malian musical cultures is very much in evidence on Soô. It's an album that looks squarely at his native land, a country torn apart by violence over the last two years - a time when a real feeling of home couldn't be more vital. On "Diarabi Niani," for instance, Koité takes a traditional rhythm then gives it a twist by adding a bridge which wouldn't normally exist. And with "Bolo Mala" he sings in Malinke, but over a Kassonké rhythm from his own Kayes, before adding a few words in Spanish. Koité addresses many of the issues facing Mali at the moment. Under the beautiful lilt of "Dêmê" is the serious issue of people helping each other and living together peacefully. But there are other problems to be addressed: the forced marriages highlighted in "Need You," where the iron fist is hidden beneath the velvet glove of a gorgeous melody, or "Khafolé," the traditional story of a mother loses her young child to a circumcision gone wrong. This song was first performed over a hundred years ago when a group of women were protesting to the chief of the Blacksmiths, the group traditionally in charge of circumcision. "In the big cities, it's going down in popularity," Koité notes. "But it still continues in small villages." And sometimes he makes his point without words. "Diadjiri" is completely solo, a reminder of Koité's virtuosity on the fretboard. But it's also a song made famous by Fanta Damba, one of the first Malian singers to find fame in Europe, a song about war and its horrors. It's a piece that will have been resonating in the minds of all Malians in recent times, and when Koité lets his fingers do the talking, the melody more eloquent than any voice. But Soô is a place of joy, too. "Balon Tan" celebrates soccer, a vital part of life in Mali. "Every afternoon after school you can see boys of different ages playing soccer in the dust," Koité explains. "Parents come to watch and talk. It's an important point of meeting where you learn to live together. And everybody goes home at the end of the day." Home. Always home. Even in "Tekila=L.A.," a memory of times with friends in Los Angeles, he compares the city to the place closest to his heart - Mali - while the banjo connects people on both sides of the Atlantic. And "Terere," featuring the legendary Toumani Diabaté on kora and the n'goni of the masterful Bassekou Kouyate, is a celebration of the strings that power Malian music . Home. The place that brings everything together, as he sings on the title track, "Soô." "The word soô is a symbol of the heart," Koité reflects. "It's the center of your life, the heart of life. It's a place with your family, the place where you have old friends. A place where you know the climate. It is all of those. That's what soô means. Your sweet home. It's where your life makes sense."   more
Photo by: Habib Koité
Photo by: Habib Koité
Photo by: Habib Koité
Photo by: Habib Koité
About: Habib Koité
While many African performers have chosen to try to conquer Europe and North America by incorporating western sounds into their music and others are striving to perpetuate traditional music in a much more rigorous way, Habib Koité has adopted his own highly individual style which is both infused with the traditions of his country and very much in tune with his times.During a career which has produced a total of three albums and countless concerts across the world, Habib Koité has been able to develop his own very distinctive approach to guitar playing in which the influences of his own country can be discerned as well as other musical styles such as blues or even the occasional touches of Cuban or flamenco sounds. You can also find in his music, samples of the rich range of traditional Mali instruments such as the balafon, tamani or n’goni in his music.Musical arrangements that set off his warmhearted vocals to perfection. But it is above all on stage that this virtuoso guitar, who descends from a long line of griots, is revealed.

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