Ramata Diakité (1976-2009)

Ramata Diakité started singing as her aunt Djeneba Diakité asked her to sing the backing vocals on her debut album. Although Ramata's parents were not too happy with her singing activity, she was soon asked by other artists as well to do the backing vocals. In December 1995, she recorded a first solo album « Artistes », that became a pretty big hit in the following year, at least in Mali.

In 1999, she recorded a second album « Na » for Mali K7, which was also released in France. In the same year, she participated on the album of Toumani Diabaté & Taj Mahal, « Kulanjan ».

In 2003, she was invited to the United States, where she working on the recording of her fourth album « Djonya » (slavery). For the videoclip of the title song she received the Tamani d'or in 2005. The next year, she received the Tamani d'or award for Best Female Artist with her album « I Danse ».

Information about following albums are scarce and incomplete. Apperently, two cassette albums were made, « Maban » and « Sigui ». A following American release « Maba » was a hardly successful attempt towards world music. Music from these albums is available as a download as « Maban », with 6 out of 8 tracks from « Maba », the rest probably from « Sigui ». [3]

With the album « Burutumu », recorded in 2008, she returns to tradition in a more acoustic approach. Tragically, the album was released posthumously, Ramata struggled for a long time against Hepatitis A and she died in Burkina Faso in 2009 after medical complications. She is dearly missed after all these years.

Ramata Diakité
  Ramata Diakité  

Born: 1976, in Diéla (Sikasso Region), Mali, according to some sources she was born in 1972 [2]
Died: 30 October 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Style: semi traditional music / wassoulou music

Title Year Label Remarks
Burutumu 2011 Organic Music / Studio Mali Digital release, recorded in 2008
Maba 2006 Angular Banjo Records CD
Maban 2005? Akwaba Digital album
I danse 2004 Djamnaty Cassette
Djonya 2003 Camara Production CK7 543 Cassette, originally released by Djamnaty Production
Confirmation 2000 Djamnaty Production Cassette
Na 1999 Cobalt 09291-2 CD
Artistes 1995 Samassa Records Cassette

CD liner notes (1999)
[2] https://malijet.com/people-mali/qui-est-qui-au-mali/qui-est-qui-en-musique/40267-ramata-diakite.html
[3] https://freedomspear.blogspot.com/2014/01/ramata-diakite_22.html
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