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Musician Spotlight

Moussa Koita

Moussa Koita

Burkina Faso

Moussa Koita is a multi-talented musician, singer, author, composer, and arranger from Burkina Faso. He was born in 1983 into a Griot family and he began performing at an early age. His father Harouna Koita was a member of the famed band Farafina, and his mother Téné Sanou, was a singer in traditional African ceremonies. One of his early mentors was the late Victor Deme, who taught him to play guitar. He has also collaborated with Sam Mangwana, Abou Diarra, Elie Kamano and many other well-known figures in the West African music scene. Koita lived in France for over 15 years and is now based in the United States.

"Aminata" addresses the fears and challenges that come with the practice of arranged marriages. "Aminata, ho / It is said everywhere that the date of your marriage is close / One day I came back from my walk / I came to find a big crowd at our house / They were all happy and impatient / I'm so scared of arranged marriages / Aminata, she is my wife."


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