Habib Koité,

the modern griot

Habib takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni.At other times Habib plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco...


Habib on tour in Europe March 2014

Habib's new album and his new band are introduced in several European countries. And in the same period Contre-Jour is celebrating its 20th anniversary with special concerts in Bruxelles and Paris.

Habib Koité on tour in North America

Soô - New album

Few unnecessary songs exist for Habib Koité. He proves this once again with his latest compositions. Not rousing protest songs, but a gentle message about the pleasure of being at home, the happiness of being in Mali, of being aware of his roots and appreciating them. A human patriotism. Soô conveys this in total simplicity. We are better off at home than being uprooted. Habib Koité’s CD is an anthology of secrets of a social life rooted in togetherness. The singer only ever tackles differences positively, notably by singing in several languages. But he also speaks to us about the unity of a country that goes beyond flag waving. He sings about how friends and neighbours help each other, the benefits of playing football, highlighting everything that cements social life and generations. He pays tribute to great musicians, another vital link between communities. Furthermore, personalities such as Toumani Diabaté and Bassekou Kouyaté do him the honour of participating in this new musical adventure. Nevertheless, Habib does not forget to sing to us about love, one of his references on this subject being Edith Piaf. Indeed, his influences are numerous. As such, some call him the white griot because of the extent to which his gathers inspiration around him to create his own, unique approach. But nobody is fooled: Habib’s songs speak about his own people; it is they he addresses. They know and appreciate this. Because Habib perfectly incarnates what Mali is today: a vast multicultural land that yearns for peace and understanding. Habib has a new appointment with the people of Mali. He has arrived at the right moment, with simple words, which are the best for a people in waiting. And with acoustic music that also weaves the threads that bind people and cultures.

North American Tour 2014

Habib's first tour with his new band and his new album 'Soô' from January 31st till March 7th.

Habib in the Netherlands - Wassiyé

Habib is currently on tour with Five Great Guitars in the Netherlands. In between concerts he's finishing work on his new album which will soon be released.