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Habib Koité (SN)

Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians.

Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to the river Niger, where his father worked on the construction of the tracks. Six months after his birth, the Koité family returned to the regional capital of west Mali, Kayes, and then to Bamako. Habib comes from a noble line of Khassonké griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events. Habib grew up surrounded by seventeen brothers and sisters, and developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother. He inherited his passion for music from his paternal ...

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Carlou D (SN)

An outspoken voice from Senegal’s hip-hop generation, Carlou D and his band bring spiritual roots music, clean living and electric performances straight from Dakar’s ripe music scene.

Born in one of Dakar’s suburbs in 1979, Ibrahima Loucard grew up under the musical eye of his father, who initiated him into the vast and varied styles of music of that time. Immediately hooked on the sounds, Carlou D, as he and his band are known, left school at sixteen and started performing on local stages set up around his neighbourhood.

After a successful single release in 2002 Carlou was noticed by Senegal’s hard-hitting political rapper, Didier Awadi, who invited him to join Positive Black Soul, the country’s first, and arguabl...

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