Baaba Maal

I did not like that name “world music” in the beginning. I think that African music must get more respect than to be put in a ghetto like that. We have something to give to others. When you look to how African music is built, when you understand this kind of music, you can understand that a lot of all this modern music that you are hearing in the world has similarities to African music. It’s like the origin of a lot of kinds of music.

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I never experimented with the hoddu like I wanted to do. Like on the song “Allah Addu,” the hoddu and the voice is something that belongs to West African culture. When you go to the north of Mali, in the past it was just the singer and one instrument player. We never really did have that on our CDs. On some other songs, like “Laare Yoo,” we have a whole section of hoddu, something like four of them playing together.

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