Salif Keita

Musician (Mali)

| Utne Reader September / October 2007

One of the founders of Afro-pop, Keita was born an albino, which led his mother to hide him for fear of reprisals from superstitious neighbors. As a young man, against the wishes of his family, he left his village for the capital, Bamako, to become a musician. He later played with the Rail Band and Les Ambassadeurs before becoming a solo artist, recording such classics as Soro and the Grammy-nominated Amen.

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