Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is probably Senegal's most famous musician after Youssou N'Dour. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels. In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary.
Baaba was expected to be a fisherman like his father, but was encouraged by a family friend to pursue music- his studies leading him all the way to Paris! After he came home from Paris, Baaba studied traditional music with Mansour Seck and began performing with the band Daande Lenol. His musical fusions used ragga, salsa and Breton harp to create a sound that launched many careers- including his own. His 1998 relase, Nomad Soul, featured Brian Eno as one of the seven producers.
Baaba has been featured on a number of movie soundtracks including Black Hawk Down, and in 2014, he contributed to the BBC Music's remake of The Beach Boys song "God Only Knows"!
Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro.