The International Ikon Of
Cares About His Small Home Town
Baaba Maal (often misspelled as Baba
Maal) believes that music is an important tool to get messages
people, especially in Africa. And he doesn't just say that, he puts
it into practice:
His songs are not based on what
people may want
to hear. His songs talk about
things they need
to hear. Like the griots, his
Baaba has the gift to present any message in pleasant way that
A Fisherman’s Son
In 1953, Baaba was born in Podor, a small town in Senegal
Africa. He belongs to the Tukulor ethnic group. Son of a
fisherman, the people in his local community expected him
to follow in his father’s footsteps.
But it was his mother, who had a
major influence on him. A musician, she taught Baaba the
music of the local area. This awakened his fascination for music
with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.
studying music at the University of Dakar and winning a scholarship
for postgraduate studies at Beaux-Arts in Paris, he joined his longtime
friend and griot Mansour
Seck and toured West Africa, adding to his musical knowledge
along the way.
Baaba spends much of his time touring the world, performing in front of
international audiences. But after the show he returns home to his
small town. His life always was and still is dedicated to his country
his people. He cares about what's going on there.
His music and records
Baaba has been recording since the late 1980’s. He gained
much attention with his musical experiments: He studied
various African styles and fused them together, adding modern
facets to traditional instruments. This results in a fresh,
raw sound called Afropop.
In 2002, Baaba helped record
the soundtrack of “Black Hawk Down” and in 2008 he created the
soundtrack for the video game “Far Cry 2”.
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