Fantani Touré (1964-2014)

Fantani Touré is a promising singer with a beautiful voice, born in the Bozola neighbourhood of Mali's capital Bamako. Her first CD, « N'tin Naari » has been produced by Salif Keita, who has been admiring her voice since a long time. The album is the first production in Keita's Wanda studio in Bamako.

The songs on the album are varied: from popular songs (« Sanka Nyonkon »), traditionals (« N'tin Naari »), to love songs (« Diyanieba ») but also an appeal to the unity among Africa's women (« Den Nado »).

Fantani was married to actor Habib Dembélé who is known for roles in various African movies. Fantani also played a role in movies such as « Sia, le rêve du python » (2001, by Dani Kouyaté) and « Laurent et Safi » (2015, by Anton Vassil).

Very much implicated in her social role, Fantani was instrumental in defending women's rights in Mali, and she organised a festival to promote women's rights, and to ask for conscienceness against female genital mutilation. She also was the force behind a project « L’Hymne de la paix » after which she was honoured with a national title Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mali in 2010, and a year later she became Ambassador of peace of Unesco. It was much too early that she died in 2014, aged 50 years old. In Aubervilliers, where she had lived for years, a street was named after her.

Fantani Touré
 Fantani Touré 
• Musicians on the album « N'tin Naari »:
Fantani Touré Lead vocal
Lamine Soumano Lead guitar
Cheick Bah Bass
Saar Ibrahima Djembé
Moussa Diabaté Balafon
Andra Kouyaté N'goni
Manian Damba, Wandé Kouyaté Backing Vocals
Alou Traoré Arranger
Sekou Keita Producer
Salif Keita Executive Producer

Born: as Fatoumata Touré, 30 May 1964 in Bamako
Died: 3 December 2014 in Créteil (near Paris)
Style: Mandingo music

Title Year Label Remarks
Awô 2007 Bolibana CD / Cassette (digital release 2014)
Benkan 2002 Seydoni Mali SMP 001 Cassette
dans Bozola 2000 No label Cassette
N'tin Naari 1997 Stern's STCD 1080 CD

Page added August 1998