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"Made in Bamako" : exclusively on "Culture(s) with Vivendi"

January 30, 2013

"Made in Bamako", an album sponsored by Salif Keita and produced by Vivendi. Six artists from Mali's current music scene in all its diversity. An album recorded and mixed by the interns from the sound engineer training program held at the studio Moffou, in Bamako. With the generous participation of Ballaké Sissoko.


In 2006 Vivendi launched a vocational program for sound engineers in order to bolster production capacity through the promotion of local African talent. This program has a home every year in Bamako, in the studio of Salif Keita, the great singer-songwriter. Vivendi has supported the Universal Music artist in his desire to make this studio - colloquially called "The Moffou" - a Malian cultural hub.


"Made in Bamako", coordinated by No Format ! was recorded during the 8th training session by Abdallah Ag AmanoAbou CisséArouna KoulibalyMamadou Makalou DialloSeydou Tamboura and Sidi Mohammed Dicko, under the direction of the trainer Karim Saï. The album highlights the ability of these students to record and mix the works of young and promising Malian artists, as well as more experienced ones. You can discover them below. Exclusively on "Culture(s) with Vivendi".

Ballaké Sissoko

"Made in Bamako" is proud to feature "Daby", an exclusive by Ballaké Sissoko. Ballaké is a kora player and one of the greatest ambassadors of Mali's music in the world. In 2009, Ballaké recorded a musical dialogue with French cello player Vincent Segal on the album Chamber Music (you can find here their exclusive interview for "Culture(s) with Vivendi"). His latest opus, At Peace, was released in 2012.

Ben Zabo

Ben Zabo sings in Bomu, the language of the Bwa people, of whom he is an ambassador. His music is a mix of the traditional rhythms of his homeland with modern influences such as funk, blues, or afrobeat. The etymological meaning of the name "Ben Zabo" is "son of Bambara and Bwa, which refers to his dual bwa and Bambara cultural identity. 

Harouna Samaké

Harouna Samaké is a virtuoso of the kamale ngoni, an instrument within the larger family of ngoni guitars. Born in Bougouni, in the region of Sikasso, he taught himself how to play from the tender age of 9. He is today one of the most impressive kamale ngoni players in West Africa. Since 2004, he has accompanied Salif Keita in concerts as well as on all of his albums.

Madou Lafia Diabaté

The young Madou Diabaté, the son of the great Mandinka singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, is innovating by laying his Mandinka melodies on more modern instrumentals ranging from reggae to electric blues. After winning the "Chante Mali Chante", a national contest dedicated to the discovery of young talented artists in 2011, he released his firts album "Kamadjan" in 2012.

Sadio Sidibé

Sadio Sidibé was born in the region of Kita, the cradle of the Fula civilization. Her start in music came through the medium of dance, and since then, she has kept the rare ability to playfully accompany her music with her swift moves, her body and keen sense of performance.

Samba Touré

Samba Touré grew up in Diré in the region of Tombouctou, he sings the desert blues in the purest Songhaï style. In the late 1990's, Ali Farka Touré recruited him to play guitar and for back-up vocals on his international tour. He just finished recording his latest album for the German label Glitterhouse.


"Takamba" is a trance music traditionally played in the desert by two electric ngonis and two calabashes, with some vocal interventions. Based in Bamako, Tilwat is a band composed of five musicians hailing from variuos parts of Northern Mali. They perform at weddings and at official festivities.


Vivendi partner of the National Youth Day : the video is online!

January 8, 2013

On November 30, 2012 Vivendi hosted four high school classes in its head office for an introduction of the many careers in the cultural industries. Exchanges between the students and professionals were successful and even aroused vocations among students. Look back on this open-house morning, organized as part of France's National Youth Day, with the video below.


Women in culture

March 8, 2013

On the occasion of the International Women's Day on March 8, Vivendi and the Gender Equality Lab (Paris, France) are pleased to announce their partnership.

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