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Monday October 28, 2019

From worldmusiccentral.org

INTERVIEW WITH HABIB KOITE
By: ANGEL ROMERO

“What are your fondest musical memories?

If I look back, to see the paths I have been through‘¦First of all, I am passionate about music because I come from a family of griots who belong to an ethnic group that deals with social protocol such as marriage, baptism‘¦ Griots have the word, speak in the place of the nobleman, at marriage they know how to make the steps, the same for deaths and they have the right to sing and the right to speak. I, therefore, come from a background like that and that is my basis.

I also found the guitar in my family and music; my mother sang, my father played banjo, accordion, my brothers played banjo, accordion, my brothers continued with the guitar and I was born and I also found the guitar at home and I am passionate about music with this base there, the core of the family who is a musician.

When I was a teenager, I was in Mali, I listened Malian music for sure but also other music from elsewhere like rhythm and blues (James Brown), rock (Pink Floyd), French song because we had a lot of influences from France (Johnny Halliday, Claude François‘¦) but these are the outside influences of my adolescence. I played these artists like Jimmy Hendrix.”

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