It is mainly because of his rousing live performances that Habib Koité has become one of the great stars of world music: a musician and storyteller who makes his musical roots accessible to a wide audience with charisma and skill. A key to his success is, among other things, his extensive concert tours. He has given over 1700 concerts worldwide at festivals, concert halls, theatres and clubs since 1994.
It is probably the intrepid and extremely subtle fusion of all Malian nuances with soul, blues, flamenco reminiscences and modern Afro groove into a new sound image that makes up the magic of his music. With one foot in the past and the other in the future, Habib Koité is an artist for a generation that has also experienced the collapse of cultural barriers as a liberation.
The New York Times writes of him, "His reputation as a guitarist is almost mystical, combining rock - and classical - techniques with tunings from Mali that make the guitar sound like a kora or n'goni."
Habib Koité released his sixth Studio album "Kharifa" in 2019. The album was recorded in Bamako. The sound of the country, its rich and diverse musical traditions and instruments (ngoni, flute, kora, doun doun), permeate the twelve pieces that make up this great project.