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Aminata Wassidjé Traoré is a rising voice in Mali. Tamala is her debut album, recorded in Bamako and released in 2009. Born in Diré, near the fabled city of Timbuktu, Aminata was raised within northern Mali's rich cultural brew. From an ethnic Songhai family, Aminata started singing as a young child. Her music, like the environment that surrounded her growing up, incorporates various cultures and traditions. On Tamala, an album she self-produced with the help of the artist Mamadou Kelly and arranger Baba Simaga, she sings in Songhai and Tamasheq. While northern Mali still suffers the repercussions of religious and ethnic warfare, Tamala sends a message of reconciliation and inclusion. Aminata believes people can work together for a solution, and sees the vast potential of Mali's diverse north. Moving to the Southern capital of Bamako not only enabled her to develop as a musician, backing up well-known artists like Baba Salah, Khaira Arby and Afel Bocoum, it also enhanced her vision of a diverse and connected Mali. Tamala is considered a neo-traditional album in the context of the Malian music scene: it is rooted in northern folk musical traditions, but arranged in a contemporary way and mixes drum programming and synthesizers with the lute-like kurbu and the sokou, a one-string violin. Hints of hip-hop and electronic dance music sit side by side with the pentatonic sounds of the interior Niger delta. Afropop Worldwide wrote this about Tamala: "And then there's the music -- in a word, sublime -- solos burst forth with forthright clarity and consistent eloquence. Western sounds and production techniques have been appropriated here, but the melodic phrasing, rhythms and modalities in the music are 100% local." In 2013, Aminata began a collaboration with Glitterbeat Records when she appeared on the album Troubles by the Australian/American group Dirtmusic. The Guardian (UK) noted in their enthusiastic review of the album that "'La Paix,' an impassioned cry against the terrorist invasion of Mali, is voiced thrillingly by Aminata Traoré." Limited vinyl version of 1,000 copies, pressed on 180 gram vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. Released in cooperation with Studio Mali, a Bamako-based label.