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Album Review

With cigarette smoking having gradually declined in the U.S., Africa is one of the places where tobacco companies have been aggressively promoting their cancer-causing product. So you can bet that the tobacco industry wasn't happy when, in 1991, Habib Koite's anti-smoking single "Cigarette A Bana" (which translates to "The Cigarette Is Finished" or "No More Cigarette") became an enormous hit not only in the singer/guitarist's native Mali, but all over West Africa. That smash, which made Koite a superstar in that part of the world, is among the 11 gems heard on his first album, Muso Ko—a CD that was first released in West Africa in 1995 and was reissued in the U.S. by Alula in 1999. In Mali, Muso Ko was praised for its often topical lyrics, and in Europe, world beat enthusiasts found themselves drawn to the evocative, soulful sound of his music—you can have no knowledge of West African dialects and still be captivated by Muso Ko's haunting melodies and addictive rhythms. For those with even a casual interest in African pop, Muso Ko is essential listening.

Customer Reviews


being a southern african with no knowledge of west african languages,i can say habib's lyrics and rythmn was simply captivating and addictive to me .my first album was afriki.the other three albums; lets say i just automaticaly bought them without even a single sampling because i knew there was a lot exciting music to listen to, and i was right, each song is unique and engaging in its own way, i always feel blessed and proud to be african.i dont understand the language but i can feel the pride, praise and the uplifting words to the listener.thanks to apple itunes for your love and appreciation of the worldwide music and its musicians.and well done to brotha habib koite

Brilliant, 'feel happy' music!

Came across this while trawling through iTunes (one of the good things about the Genius recommendations) - it's infectious, makes you want to dance and feel happy despite everything!


Love his versatile variation of music…incorporating the West African style…and in keeping with tradition, and keeping the west african language, dialect alive.
Clear easy listening.
I enjoy listening to both West, and South African music, and I too don't understand the South African language.


Born: 1958 in Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The West African country of Mali has produced some great musicians. But as they age, people have wondered who'll step forward from the next generation. The big answer to that seems to be Habib Koité, who comes from the Khassonké griot tradition, that's the hereditary caste of musicians, but whose eyes are firmly on the future. Born in 1958, his lineage made music a part of his life and it was in order to accompany his mother's singing that he taught himself to play guitar, showing enough ability...
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