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Habib Koité & Bamada

Waltons World Masters Series

‘His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or ngoni.’
– New York Times

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When Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Where National Concert Hall, Dublin, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, The Irish Times, Brooks Hotel

Habib Koité and Bamada

Habib Koité • Vocals, Guitar
Kélétigui Diabaté • Balafon, Violin
Souleyman Ann • Drums, Calabash, Backing Vocals
Abdoul Wahib Berthé • Bass, Kamale Ngoni, Backing Vocals
Mahamadou Koné • Talking Drum, Doum Doum, Caragnan
Boubacar Sidibé • Guitar, Backing Vocals, Harmonica

‘[L]ush, intricate music with layers of intoxicating, danceable rhythms, passionate vocals and underlying joy.’
– Washington Times

‘First there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray and now Habib.’
– Bonnie Raitt

Habib Koité

One of Africa’s most beloved and popular musicians, Habib Koité is an internationally acclaimed Malian guitarist, vocalist and composer whose beautiful, lyrical music has propelled him to great heights in contemporary world music. Koité’s impact has been substantial and far-reaching, and he has performed in major concert halls and music festivals around the globe – including the Montreux Jazz Festival, WOMAD and the World Roots Festival. His exotic blend of traditional Malian rhythms and melodies with more modern influences has endeared him to legions of fans. So has his unique pentatonic-tuned, open-string guitar style, modelled after the African kamale ngoni.


Bamada (‘jaws of the crocodile’) is an extraordinary group of Malian musicians from the suburbs of Bamako. With this group, formed in 1988, Koité has experimented with innovative combinations blending traditional Malian roots with contemporary jazz, rock, folk, flamenco and soul music. Through it all, Habib Koité and Bamada have connected with their audiences on a very personal level; their music, voices and joyful dancing are sheer bliss!

Habib Koité Guitar Workshop/Masterclass

When Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Where National Concert Hall, John Field Room
Presented by
Waltons New School of Music
in association with National Concert Hall Learn & Explore

This unique workshop/masterclass was designed for guitar students of all styles and at all levels, as well as any musician or music student interested in the music and rhythms of Mali.

Habib Koité Workshop-Masterclass

Selected YouTube Videos

Habib Koité
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