Commune and town
|Elevation||330 m (1,080 ft)|
Kita is a town and urban commune in western Mali. The town is the capital of the Kita Cercle in the Kayes Region. It lies on the eastern slope of Mount Kita (Bambara: "Kita-kulu"), known for its caves and rock paintings. Today, the town is known for its music, its annual Roman Catholic pilgrimage and its role as a processing center for the surrounding cotton- and peanut-growing region. Kita lies on the Dakar-Niger Railway and is the largest transit hub between Bamako (112 miles) and Kayes (205 miles). In the 2009 census the urban commune had a population of 48,947.
In November 1955, Kita became a commune of average exercise. On March 2, 1966, Kita became a commune of full exercise. The town grew in the 1990s around the cotton industry, but this has since declined.
- Bako Dagnon, female griot
- Cheick Hamala Diabate, griot and Afropop musician
- Mamadou Diabate,one of the world kora master player
- Massa Makan Diabaté, historian, author, and playwright
- Kandia Kouyaté, musician
- Djelimady Tounkara, musician and one of the foremost guitarists in Africa
- Plan de Sécurité Alimentaire Commune Urbaine de Kita 2007-2011 (PDF) (in French), Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire, République du Mali, USAID-Mali, 2006.