Ramata Diakite

Ramata Diakite
Ramata Diakite
  • country:Mali
  • region:West Africa
  • style(s):Wassoulou, Wasulu
  • label:Organic Music
  • type:Band, Solo, Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:vocal
  • artist posted by:ELCC


Ramata Diakite grew up in one of Africa's richest musical environments, the Wassoulou region of southern Mali. Renowned for its ancient spiritual traditions, magic, and hunters' lore, Wassoulou has also produced the bluesiest, funkiest traditional pop music in modern Mali. Ramata broke onto the scene in the wake of singer Oumou Sangare's spectacular rise in the early 90s. Oumou's bold fusion of roots and pop, and her willingness to sing honestly about the challenges facing African women marked a generation. In her own time, Ramata set out to go further, edging towards hip-hop on her first international album, and going on to create music unlike anything heard before in Mali or elsewhere. A soulful, standout singer in a nation of standout singers, Ramata is now poised to share her path-breaking music with a worldwide audience. - Excerpted from Banning Eyre's write-up of Ramata on Afropop.org