Baaba Maal

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Blending African roots and contemporary electronic influences, the Senegalese singer and guitarist is a born musical traveller.

He began his journey as a musician with long-time friend Mansour Seck, releasing desert blues classic Djam Leelii in 1989, in the first of many notable collaborations of his career.

More recently, Maal worked on the Black Panther soundtrack with composer Ludwig Göransson, performing the song ‘Wakanda’.

His 2016 album The Traveller opens with the raucous ‘Fulani Rock’, underpinned by dark throbbing drums, intricate guitars and Maal’s distinctive vocal soaring overhead.

In 2013, Maal performed for President Obama on his historic state visit to Senegal.

Maal co-founded our annual Africa Utopia festival in 2012, bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK.

He also worked with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to the Ridley Scott film Black Hawk Down, while British folk-rock band Mumford and Sons and poet Lemn Sissay appeared on The Traveller.

Maal is also an activist, and is very clear about his mission: ‘I intend to be the voice for the people in Africa’s rural communities. I want to offer them a chance to be part of the future development of Africa.

Baaba Maal belongs to the semi-nomadic Fulani people, and, for him, travel and music are inextricable.

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Rhythm Passport Free Compilation – Vol. 62 – July 2021

Preview of the album:   This Album is no longer available however if you want to receive exclusive access to a free album like this each month just sign up to our monthly newsletter by filling in the form below:     Summery vibes anyone? No matter the weather and what’s happening…

Artists: Adrian Younge , Ali Shaheed Muhammad , Baaba Maal , Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band , Brian Jackson , Carthnage , Dat Garcia , Iseo & Dodosound , Kit Sebastian , Kutiman , Luedji Luna , Sangit , Saulo Duarte , Seckou Keita , Tribilin Sound

Podcast: Rendez-Vous à Bobo – A Rendez-Vous with the Djeli N’goni (July 2020)

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Artists: Baaba Maal , Bassekou Kouyate , Djenba Seck , Lucas Keen , Mansour Seck , Rokia Traoré

Preview: WOMAD Charlton Park 2016 (Malmesbury, 28th – 31st July)

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Artists: Afriquoi , Aziza Brahim , Baaba Maal , Baloji , Dom La Nena , George Clinton , Hot 8 Brass Band , Ibrahim Maalouf , Moh! Kouyaté , Sidestepper

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