It is with a very heavy heart that I share the sad news that Ramata Diakite, Diva of Wassoulou has passed to the ancestors on October 30, 2009.
We’ll post information and news as it becomes available here, and further information on how her legacy and music will live on. . .
Erich Ludwig, Manager of Ramata Diakite
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Ask Ramata to come play in your town, city, or school!
Ramata Diakite grew up in one of Africa’s richest musical environments, the Wassoulou region of southern Mali. Renowned for its ancient spiritual traditions, magic, and hunters’ lore, Wassoulou has also produced the bluesiest, funkiest traditional pop music in modern Mali. Ramata broke onto the scene in the wake of singer Oumou Sangare’s spectacular rise in the early 90s. Oumou’s bold fusion of roots and pop, and her willingness to sing honestly about the challenges facing African women marked a generation. In her own time, Ramata set out to go further, edging towards hip-hop on her first international album, and going on to create music unlike anything heard before in Mali or elsewhere. A soulful, standout singer in a nation of standout singers, Ramata is now poised to share her path-breaking music with a worldwide audience.
To view Ramata’s EPK, please visit http://www.sonicbids.com/RamataDiakite
To contact Ramata, please write her management please write her management at erichludwig at yahoo dot com.
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