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Segou, Festival sur le Niger. 2nd day. Habib Koité.

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"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm.

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Habib Koité and Bamada.

I missed out on him in Essakane, I have been curiouse to say the least. Already during the day, when it is hot I am quite near him when he and his band mates drink beer, relaxe before the show in one of the little restaurants on the festival ground. I have my beer and watch from a close distance.

Habib Koité on the internet.

on Calabash Music, tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale, (like a kamale n'goni).

on African Musicians Profiles, Habib's music crosses all kinds of barriers. Africa is the richest continent from nearly every perspective. Habib's music is a shining example of that great wealth.

on leopardmannen. He doesn't play kora (West African harp), but guitar with a technique inspired by the kora.

on Mali-music discography and Habib Koité and Bamada.

on RockPaperScissors a review of his album Fôly! 2004.

Habib is famous on the international scene, has toured the US and Europe with multiple sold-out concerts' success, been invited recording with Bonnie Raitt and others, ...

Habib Koité is born into a griot (poet/story teller) family and has the Malian/African blues in his veins, has studied music at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako and is happy to look for inspiration anywhere (Cuban/Flamenco you can hear), anywhere where he finds it, it reveals his open mind.

His style is distinctively his acoustic guitar with its pentatonic tuning, then add in his "three octave" voice and all the traditional instruments, balafon (xylophone see Neba Solo), tamani (talking drum), n’goni (see Bassékou Kouyaté) and njarka (solo stringed violin) but as well harmonica or wooden flute.

Back in Vienna I listen to his music all the time. A constant reminder to finish off these pages and go back to Africa soon.

Habib Koite.
Habib Koité.
Habib Koite, his dancers.
his dancers.

Habib Koite.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koite.

Habib Koite.
Mr. Bass player.
Habib Koite, his dancers.
Habib Koite, his dancers.
Habib Koite, his dancers.
Habib Koite, his dancers.

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Other concerts earlier that day

Nampé Sadio

25, Nampe Sadio is considered to be part of a new group of young Malian singers. Born into Manden (West African) musical tradition he seams ready to explore new horizons.

Nampe Sadio.
Nampé Sadio
Nampe Singers.
Band at dusk

Nampe Singers.
Sadio Singers
Nampe Singers.
Beautiful with a big smile.

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Heather Maxwell

Heather Maxwell.
Heather Maxwell

Heather A Maxwell's Africa Soul, a groovy, energetic performance. When I run into her a few days after the festival in Bamako I greet her by saying "Heather Maxwell, the hottest show in Segou", - it must have come from deep deep inside.

Heather Maxwell.
Heather Maxwell.
Heather Maxwell.

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Super Biton (de Ségou)

Super Biton.
Super Biton.

One of the biggest orchestras of the 70s in Mali, so 30 years of music and still amazing. But some say this has not much to do with Super Biton as the group has changed round so many times.

Super Biton.
Super Biton.

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Néba Solo

Neba Solo's success begins with bringing perfection to playing his instrument, the (big) balafon. He plays it the "wrong way round" as they say, and he plays it "so quickly that you may think it plays by itself". He has his own label Frikyiwa, dedicated to fusion between African music and electronica

Neba Solo.
2nd from left on the big balafon.
Neba Solo.
Just percussion ...
Neba Solo.
... and 2 dancers.

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Babani Koné

Griot Star from Segou with a perfect and magical voice. I like their way of singing (the Malian women's high pitched way of singing).

Some describe it this way "She sings in the style of the new generation of Mali's legendary griots, combining popular dance rhythms and traditional praise melodies". What ever, the music feels pop. and the band stays in the background, she is the boss.

Babani Kone, griot.
Babani Koné, a real Griot.
Babani Kone, griot.
Babani Kone, griot.
Babani Kone, griot.

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