Mamani Keïta

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Mamani Keïta
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Background information
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels No Format!, Universal Jazz

Assitan Keïta, popularly known as Mamani Keïta (Bamako, 20 October 1965) is a singer and musician from Mali.[1] "Mamani" literally means "grandmother".

She was raised speaking Bambara, and was a backup singer for Salif Keïta.[2] She is best known in English speaking countries for her album with Marc Minelli, Electro Bamako. She is credited on four tracks of the soundtrack album of the French animated film Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages (2005).[3] Mamani Keita released her second album entitled Yéléma[4] in 2006 and Gagner l'Argent Français in 2011. Both albums were produced and composed by French multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Repac.[5]


  • Electro Bamako (2002, Universal Jazz)
  • Yelema (2006, No Format!)
  • Gagner l'Argent Français (2011, No Format!)
  • Kanou (2014, World Village)


  1. ^ Mamani Keïta - Mali 7 May 2007 "Née le 20 octobre 1965 à Bamako dans une famille de la noblesse bamana (bambara), Assitan Keïta dite « Mamani "
  2. ^ Westergaard, Sean. "Biography: Mamani Keïta". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Seck, Nago (23 January 2008). "Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages". Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Mamani Keita & Nicolas Repac – Yelema". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  5. ^ Lemancel, Anne-Laure (31 May 2011). "The Pride of Mamani Keita". rfi music. Retrieved 2011-07-11.