Malian guitarist Habib Koite is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians.
Habib's artistry draws on styles from the different regions of Mali, rather than solely on the music of his particular area as most Malian musicians do. 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. Habib descends from a line of griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and entertainment to the pubic. Taking this role to the world at large, his charisma and magnetism translates across cultures.
Habib's artistry and powerful personality earned him the adoration of fans such as Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, as well as a series of recognized Malian artists, including Keletigui Diabate and Toumani Diabate. They have all done a great deal to support Habib's music, by promoting private events designed to attract new audiences and performing live with Habib on stage.
Few African artists have received the sales and media exposure of Habib Koite. Called "Mali's biggest pop star" by Rolling Stone, Habib has also received raves from widely-read publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times.
"There's Hendrix, Stevie Ray and now Habib," - Bonnie Raitt
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Added by Yoshis on March 8, 2010