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Boubacar Traoré - Dounia Tabolo

Boubacar Traoré (* 1942, Kayes (Mali) is a well-known singer, lyricist and Malian guitarist. Also known as Kar Kar, "he who bargains too much" (in bambara, one of the Malian languages), in reference to his way of playing to football: "a nickname I have since I was young, when people shouted" kari, Kari "(haggle, haggle), the name stuck to me".

Traoré began to be known for the first time in the early 60s, when songs like "Kar Kar Madison", "Sunjata", "Kayeba" and "Mali Twist" did not stop playing almost every day on the radio. He had begun to play the guitar in a self-taught way and had developed a unique style, a mixture of American blues, Arabic music and kassonké, a traditional music style of his native region.

He became a superstar in Mali and a symbol of the once again independent country (see History of Mali). His songs were very popular and used to appear on the radio. However, since he did not make recordings, and neither did he pay rights to musicians, he was very poor and had to do odd jobs to survive.


1. Dounia Tabolo 6:53
2. Ben De Kadi 5:45
3. Yafa Ma 5:24
4. Kanou (Kanga Keniogon Fe) 7:13
5. Mousso 4:34
6. Dis Lui Que Je L'Aime Comme Mon Pays 7:43
7. Badialo 3:43
8. Duna Ma Yelema 5:34
9. Je Chanterai Pour Toi 5:23
10. Maciré 6:53
11. Narena 4:43
12. Askia Mohamed 5:14
13. (Bonus) Dis Lui Que Je L'Aime Comme Mon Pays (Radio Edit) 3:47


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