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African Artists in the Spotlight

From outcast to superstar

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Salif was born on the 25th of August 1949. He is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire Sunjata Keita.

Salif was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community because of his albinism. His mother had to hide him from superstitious members of the community who sought to kill him.

He is the third born out of thirteen children. In 1970, Salif left for Bamako where he joined the state sponsored Rail Band de Bamako. Thus began the musical journey of now internationally acclaimed Afro-pop singer and songwriter who is also called the Golden Voice of Africa.

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection by Constance van Niekerk

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