Mali Top 25

edited June 2013 in International
In its July issue Songlines, the World Music magazine, has published its definitive list of the top 25 Mali albums. Unfortunately I cannot copy the article as it is only available online with a digital subscription but there is a good podcast on this list available from iTunes.

The list is as follows, in reverse order

25 Habib Kote and Bamada Afriki
24 Kase Mady Diabate Kassi Kasse
23 Terakaft Aratan N Asawad
22 Boubacar Traore Mali Denhou
21 Kandia Kouyate Biriko
20 Vieux Farka Toure The Secret
19 Various Artists Mali Music
18 Issaa Bagayogo Mali Koura
17 Ballake Sissoko At Peace
16 Tartit Abacabok
15 Fatoumata Diawara Fatou
14 Sidi Toure Dahel Folk
13Various Artists The Festival in the Desert
12 Khaira Arby Timbuktu Tarab
11 Toumani Diabate and Ballake Sissoko New Ancient Strings
10 Salif Keita Moffou
9 Oumou Sangare Oumou
8 Ali Farka Toure Savane
7 Bassekou Kouate and Ngtoni ba Jama Ko
6 Toumani Doiabate The Mande Variations
5 Tinariwen Aman Iman
4 Rokia Traore Tchamantche
3 Amadou and Mariam Dimanche a Bamako
2 Rail Band Belle Epoque Vol 2 Mansa
1 Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate Ali and Toumani

Without checking I think I have 14 or 15 of these. I can see my emusic hold going again this month to see if I can download more!


  • Thanks, greg - useful list!
  • Great list, thanks for sharing. I really need to go through these as I should own a lot more than I do.
  • edited June 2013
    Well, I picked up Mali Koura, number 18 on the list, and while I like it, I think I would at first listen maybe rank Tassoumakan or Issa Remixed ahead of it as Issa Bagayogo's entry on the list. But I need to hear it a few more times.
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