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Ramata Diakité

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Ramata "Rah" Diakité Madina Diansa, Wassoulou, 1976 - Burkina Faso October 30, 2009 was a Malian Wassoulou woman musician She was the cousin of Tata Diakité, who also died young


  • 1 Life & Origins
  • 2 Music
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 Prizes and awards
  • 5 Notes and references
  • 6 External links

Life & Origins

Ramata was born in 1976 Although Ramata did not come from a family of traditional musicians, when she was about twelve, Ramata started humming to herself in secret, accompanying herself on a gourd In Wassoulou and other areas of Mali, music is usually created by those of a certain caste jeli/griot, and it can be controversial for artists outside of these castes to perform Salif Keita is likely the most prominent example of a non-musical-caste performer to confront and conquer adversity relating to these cultural restrictions

Ramata's aunt, Djénéba Diakité, asked her to sing backing vocals on a cassette, which was the start of her musical career, even though Ramata's parents frowned on the idea As a backing vocalist, Ramata's vocal potential was quickly spotted, and she gained concert experience thanks to trips to France and throughout Africa

She was soon called upon as a vocalist by many artists and arrangers, notably Samba Diallo, Yoro Diallo, and Tenin Sidibé

In December 1995 she recorded her first cassette, Artistes, a bestseller in Mali in 1996 She gave many concerts and took part, along with Salif Keita, in a Mali evening at the Cité de la Musique in Paris in October 1997

Ramata died on October 30, 2009 in Burkina Faso of complications related to a year-long battle with Hepatitis A


Ramata has performed with Salif Keita, Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ben Harper, and others


  • 2008: Burutumu to be released
  • 2006: Maban
  • 2004: I Dansé
  • 2003: Djonya
  • 2000: Confirmation
  • 1998: Na
  • 1995: Artistes

Prizes and awards

  • 2006: Tamana d'Or, Top Musician in Mali co-winner with Salif Keita

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Burkina Faso: Décès de la chanteuse malienne Ramata Diakité" Archived 2009-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Jeudi 7 Octobre 2010
  2. ^ Bamanet "Comme sa cousine Tata Diakité, Rah s'est éclipsée de la scène à la fleur de l'âge"

External links

  • Ramata's Official Site
  • Ramata's MySpace
  • Ramata's Label

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