The National Badema is the name of an orchestra formed in 1976 by former members of "les Maravillas du Mali”. From the lush savanna in the south to the all-encompassing desert of the north, the Badema National's repertoire spans the diversity of Malian music. The orchestra's purpose is the revitalization of Malian musical heritage by the training, the supervision, and the production of albums for needy, up-and-coming musicians.
The Badema employs traditional Malian instruments within the modern context. Even though its base lies with traditional rock instruments such as keyboards, guitars, and drums, the following instruments are employed by the Badema: