Salif Keita

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25, 1949
Djoliba, Mali
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25, 1949 (age 72)
Djoliba, Mali


Famous for his 2009 album La Difference, which documents the struggles faced by people born with albinism, he is also known for numerous other acclaimed Afro-pop albums, including Ko-Yan (1989); Amen (1991); Folon (1995); and Moffou (2002).

Before Fame

Early in his career, he was a member of a Mali-based Afro-Latin music group called the Rail Band (or the Super Rail Band de Bamako). He later joined another popular band, Les Ambassadeurs.


His music was featured at a 1988 Seventieth Birthday Tribute Concert for Nelson Mandela.

Family Life

A native of Djoliba, Mali, and a descendant of first Emperor of Mali Sundiata Keita, Salif Keita was disowned by his family at a young age as a result of his albinism. He later fathered a blind daughter, Nantenin Keita, who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, winning silver and bronze medals in track & field events.

Associated With

He collaborated with Lebanese jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf on a La Difference album track titled "Samigna."