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Balla Tounkara is a Kora player and singer from Mali.[1]

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Mali into a family of griots, who traditionally played music to the kings of the Malian Empire in their royal court. He started to learn the Kora as a child.[2]

Current activitiesEdit

Balla Tounkara has released many albums and plays both solo and with a group called 'Groupe Spirite'.[3] He moved to the United States in 1996[4] and now lives in Boston.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-01-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.balla-tounkara.com/
  4. ^ Balla Tounkara, Kalefaba: The Peacemaker - Traditional Songs For The Kora. Balla Tounkara Music, 2002. UPC : 711517233521. Liner notes.
  5. ^ http://www.afropop.org/multi/feature/ID/10

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