‘‘When you travel, you remember what your mother taught you.’’
This is the message that greets you when you land on Baaba Maal’s official website.
The Senegalese international star is a singer and guitarist born in a little known Senegalese town of Podor in 1953.
Baaba Maal believes that music is an important tool to get messages out to people, especially in Africa.
And he doesn’t just say that, he puts it into practice too. His songs are not just based on what people may want to hear.
Indeed, his songs dwell on things that he believes people need and should hear.
The 62 years old singer is gifted with the ability to present his message in a succinct yet charming way that opens up music lovers’ hearts.
In a career spanning over 36 years, Maal has a whopping collection of over 20 albums.
His music style is actually a blend of Afro-Pop, Club Dance, Worldbeat, African tradition, African folk,Desert blues among others.
The major driving force and inspiration for Baaba was his mum who was also a singer.
She taught Baaba how to sing the local music and her insistence triggered Baaba Maal’s fascination for music with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.
The young Baaba Maal went on to read music at Dakar University. His academic excellence got him a scholarship for postgraduate studies at Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Baaba spends much of his time touring the world, performing in front of international audiences.
The talented singer has been recording since the late 1980’s. He gained much attention with his musical experiments.
He studied various African styles and fused them, adding modern facets to traditional instruments. This results in a fresh, raw sound he calls 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”.
Alongside other international musicians like Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal launched MusikBi.
MusikBi is a platform for legal download with a mission to promote Africa’a artists, pay them properly and fight internet piracy that is financially crippling artists the world over.
Acording to his official website, Baaba Maal is scheduled hold a series of performances in Hype Park London for the British Summertime and WOMAD in Charlton park London.