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Baaba Maal Is Named A United Nations Goodwill Ambassador!

Baaba Maal has today been appointed by the United Nations as a Goodwill Ambassador, an honorary spokesperson representing the UN’s interests, raising awareness and mobilising support.

Seeing no difference between reaching people as a musician and as a humanitarian, between being the Voice of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther films and energetically advocating urgent and constructive environmental action, his new role will expand on work he has been doing as a Land Ambassador with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

“Being made a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador opens up new possibilities for me. It will help me to do more and give more and continue the progress I have been working towards over the last few decades with my music and my band and my community projects in Senegal. It enables me to knock on more doors when it comes to the religious and political leaders and the banks and institutions who have the power to create opportunities for people. I can advise the leaders and bankers and hopefully influence their decision making on agriculture, fishing, education, the restoration of land, the fight against desertification and the terrible impact of climate change.

I can do more to give power to people who need that power to do things for themselves and not have to rely on help that often never comes. I can do more for the young people and the women fighting so hard to get where they want to get. As a Goodwill Ambassador I can talk on their behalf and help them talk for themselves. It is always difficult to achieve change, there are always struggles and obstacles, but this is not a reason to not try. If you play your role and someone else plays their role and you work together it can make things happen. I have my role and I am very happy to take on this new responsibility, to show that Africa is moving forward and will continue to do so.”

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Baaba Maal Plays The Barbican For The First Time In 20 Years Next May!

Baaba and his extraordinary band will be performing at the Barbican in London, the first time in 20 years at the venue, on May 30th, 2023. He will be performing his definitive tracks and music from his forthcoming album, Being. He’ll be bringing a guest to open the show with him, which will be revealed at a later date.

The general sale for tickets opens on Friday 09.12 at 10am (GMT), and tickets are available from The Barbican’s website.



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Press Quotes

worship at the feet of a true master.
– The Telegraph

Maal’s progressive outlook on music performance certainly warrants his booking at any of the best venues in the country.
– The Independent

Contemporary electronics and West African guitar music combine to thrilling effect with Baaba Maal’s output.

– Evening Standard

An often emotional reminder of Maal’s lengthy career and acoustic roots.
– Guardian

A rich performance was bolstered by abundant musicians, dancers and audience members.
– Financial Times



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Baaba Maal Returns To Blues Du Fleuve Festival In 2022!

Taking place in Podor, Senegal, from the 5th of December 2022. Baaba will be returning to the Blues Du Flueuve festival along with his band and will be bringing a variety of special guests. The Blues Du Fleuve is primarily a music event but also features art, fashion and artisanal crafts, as well as discussions and booths relating to local cultural issues and climate change.


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