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Baaba Maal sings Africa's blues

With a searing, startling voice, singer takes Africa's energy around the world.

Maal has fused the traditional and the modern and today his sets mix pared-down acoustic African folk, desert blues, reggae and electronica, all overlaid with his extraordinary vocals. His most recent album ‘Television," released last year, was recorded with Brazilian Girls, a hip New York-based dance trio.

“What we did was to keep all the traditional elements of the music and its real meaning, but we adjust it to our time and our reality,” he said.

To Maal the music’s real meaning is in its listeners.

“I didn’t start music to make money or get famous but because of the role that music plays in the heart of a human being. This is the true meaning of music,” he said, “the sharing with other human beings.”