Ramata Diakite - Na

Ramata Diakite – Na

A guy named Phil from UK offers this guest post, an incredible cassette from Wassoulou music hero Ramata Diakite

I was in Mali with Oxfam, visiting development projects in the north and south on which I’ve been doing communications work this year.

The driver we traveled with had this tape. And a Bob Marley greatest hits. We literally had them on repeat for about 2 days driving through the Sahara desert – it brings it all back! Later when I was back in Bamako before leaving for home, I found the tape in the market.

The song “Nana” kills me! All the different rhythmic and melodic lines. Man!

Man, indeed.—Ed.


Face A
Aye Yafama
Sina Musso


Face B
Sonte Samarala
Moko Balou


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 14, 2009 at 7:18 am

Lovely…much thanks

May 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much for this cassette that has long wanted to hear.

Ramata reach to sell, 80.000 legal copies of this cassette in Mali, has worked choirs with Oumou Sangaré,Djeneba Diakite, Samba Diallo, Yoro Diallo,Tenin Sidibé,Adama yalomba,Issa Bagayogo….

Ramata Diakité discography up to 2006 and staff musicians.
(and the new albums Maban, Artiste?)


May 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Very good…


Steve Pilereply
May 15, 2009 at 7:21 am

very nice. as usual. My last trip to Gambia I stuffed my new kora full of about 30 cassettes, all on the recommendation of my friends and the shop owner. Mbalax, fouta, mali, guinee, fula stuff, etc. mostly real good. some is easy to track down on line, some is not.
very rich with the drum machines and odd polish that I notice that you like in your west african music here. and the musicianship is ridiculous! The guinean stuff is especially cool. I’d be into to doing a guest post sometime, if you could recommend the be way to rip it all from cassette.
thanks for what you do!

May 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm

This is absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for the information!

Djembe Jamesreply
May 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Wicked man, thanks muchly from a fellow African Music lover!

May 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Hey old friend. Congrats: http://www.utne.com/Arts/MP3-Music-Scavengers-World-Music-Experts.aspx!!! Really cool blog you’ve got.

May 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Excellent – thank you

Mr B

dj painereply
May 18, 2009 at 12:45 am

awesome!! one of the best in ages.

May 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

glad ya’ll enjoy. she’s got a new album in the can (i’m her manager), and we’re mixing it down now. i’ll make sure ATFA readers get first dibs at hearing it. the new one (“burutumu”) is primarily acoustic. raw files are available if anyone is interested in remixing. hit me at erichludwig gmailz if you’re interested.

May 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I love Ramata!

May 25, 2009 at 4:43 am

Incredible music. I will try to spread the word in my circles. Peace.

June 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Thanks so much for posting this, it’s great.

July 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm

it’s a very similar style to khaira arby. beautiful!

November 4, 2009 at 2:27 am

Did you see this? Her webpage says she just passed away on Oct 30….

November 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm

This is superb – I just love it. Thanks for posting it up.

November 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Sadly, I can confirm that Ramata’s passing is true. After a long illness, she passed last Friday. I’ll continue to post details on my blog – http://erichludwig.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/ramata-diakite/

Thank you for enjoying her music – please pass it on so that her artistic legacy lives on.

erich ludwig (manager, Ramata Diakite)

November 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Very sad news – brilliant artist, brilliant music.

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May 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

Our dear Ramata singing Na,here.

December 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

i could listen to Saba’s groove forever

September 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

What a fantastic cassette – and what a sad tale of early death. She had a voice to rival Oumou’s, on the strength of this eveidence, and the musical ideas to go with it. Love the kamelengoni too, whoever’s playing that is a star!!

September 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

(After looking round the web a bit, I see her ngoni star is Mamadou Sidibe – – well, he’s a major artist in his own right. No wonder the ngoni stands out on this tape.)

September 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

@ David.

Solomane Sidibé- kamalengoni in SABA,
Seydou Camara- kamalengoni in

Benogo Diakité- Kamalengoni in the others.

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