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 Koité & Eric Bibb @ Gaume Jazz 2012

Habib Koité & Eric Bibb @ Trasimeno Blues 2012

Habib Koité for Unicef Mali

Koité & Eric Bibb @ Schwetzinger Festspiele

Habib Koité & Eric Bibb - Brothers in Bamako

On the road between Memphis & Bamako with Eric Bibb & Habib Koite. “I watched my parents and it rubbed off on me...” This is how Habib Koité traces the origins of his profession but also his talent as a 20th century griot. While Eric Bibb, not content with having a singer as a father, is also the godson of Paul Robeson. Habib is the heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa. Eric has established his name in the new generation of bluesmen without renouncing the legacy of folk and gospel. What could be more natural than for this Malian and African-American to join the rhythms of their guitars and voices in some transatlantic blues? Having established themselves in their respective niches for several years, they will now meet to develop an album and live performance that promises to be truly magnificent. Tours & CD release from July 2012

Habib & Five Great Guitars - African Blues 2011

"The Five Great Guitars" previous editions saw Jan Kuiper, Digmon Roovers, Erwin Java and Zoumana Diarra share the stage with Eric Vaarzon Morel, Harry Sacksioni and Jan Akkerman. In recent years Kuiper immersed himself in the rich music cultures of West Africa which formed the inspiration for the new African Blues program of "The Five Great Guitars". With bluesy guitar licks, virtuoso patterns, swinging bass lines and the unique sounds of Malian guitarist and singer Habib Koité as special guest "The Five Great Guitars" take a tour through the rich African music. Together with percussionists Mousse Pathé M'Baye and Dramane Diarra these five guitar wizzards are giving a dazzling performance.

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