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Raised in two vastly different cultures, Eric Bibb and Habib Koité celebrate their harmonic common ground, proving that music has no borders.


Photos by Michel Debock

From the moment they first met, acclaimed guitarists Eric Bibb and Habib Koité knew that someday they’d come together to merge their culturally rooted styles of guitar playing and create an album that explored the differences and commonalities of their respective regions. The only thing stopping them was their hectic touring schedules and the fact that they live in entirely different parts of the world. Showing that kindred spirits care not of geography, Koité from Mali, Africa, and Bibb from Helsinki, Finland, decided to seize the opportunity in 2012 and develop the album they had aspired to create—Brothers in Bamako.

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