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List of famous people from Mali, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Mali, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Mali you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Mali, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This is a list that features people like Sidi Yaya Keita and Cheick Bathily.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Mali?" or "Which celebrities were born in Mali?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Rokia Traoré is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Mali
Rokia Traoré age 44 - Rokia Traoré is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. Her father was a diplomat and she ...more

Cheick Modibo Diarra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Mali
Cheick Modibo Diarra age 66 - Cheick Modibo Diarra is a Malian astrophysicist, businessman, and politician who was acting Prime Minister of Mali from April 2012 to December 2012. On 11 December 2012, Diarra presented his ...more

Mohammed Bagayogo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Mali
Mohammed Bagayogo Died at 70 (1523-1593) - Mohammed Bagayogo Es Sudane Al Wangari Al Timbukti was an eminent scholar from Timbuktu, Mali. He was the Sheik and professor of highly esteemed scholar, Ahmed Baba and teacher at the Sankore ...more

Ahmad Baba al Massufi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Mali
Ahmad Baba al Massufi Died at 71 (1556-1627) - Ahmad Baba al-Massufi al-Timbukti, full name Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Takruri Al-Massufi al-Timbukti, was a medieval Songhai writer, scholar, and political provocateur in the area then ...more

Oumou Sangare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Mali
Oumou Sangare age 50 - Oumou Sangaré is a Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician, sometimes referred to as "The Songbird of Wassoulou". Wassoulou is a historic region south of the Niger River, ...more

Alpha Oumar Konaré is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Mali
Alpha Oumar Konaré age 72 - Alpha Oumar Konaré was the President of Mali for two five-year terms, and was Chairperson of the African Union Commission from 2003 to 2008.

Koman Coulibaly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Mali
Koman Coulibaly age 47 - Koman Coulibaly is a Malian football referee. He has been a full international referee for FIFA since 1999, and officiated his first international match on 19 April 2000, between Mali and ...more

Balla Moussa Keïta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Mali
Balla Moussa Keïta Died at 67 (1934-2001) - Balla Moussa Keïta was a Malian actor and comedian, and a West African cinema pioneer who was well known in the West. Born in the Ségou Region of Mali, he was originally a radio ...more

Abdou Traoré is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Mali
Abdou Traoré age 30 - Abdoulaye Traoré is a Malian football player who currently plays for French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

Bakary Soumaré is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Mali
Bakary Soumaré age 32 - Bakary Soumare is a Malian international footballer who plays professionally for Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer, playing in central defense. Soumaré is tall, quick and rangy, with ...more

Jerry Flannery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Mali
Jerry Flannery age 39 - Jeremiah Paul "Jerry" Flannery is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Munster and Ireland. He played as a Hooker. Flannery retired in March 2012 due to injury problems and ...more

Modibo Maïga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Mali
Modibo Maïga age 30 - Modibo Maïga is a Malian footballer who plays as a striker for Metz on loan from West Ham United. He also plays internationally for Mali. Maiga had previously played for Stade Malien, Raja ...more

Alioune Bâ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Mali
Alioune Bâ age 59 - Alioune Bâ is a Malian photographer. Bâ was born in Bamako. He started working for the Musée National du Mali in 1983. In particular, his art focuses on the hands and feet of

Vieux Farka Touré is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Mali
Vieux Farka Touré age 37 - Boureima "Vieux" Farka Touré is a Malian singer and guitarist. He is the son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré.

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Drissa Diarra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Mali
Drissa Diarra age 32 - Drissa Diarra is a Malian football player. He currently plays as a defender for Budapest Honvéd FC. He played for the Mali national football team at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship ...more

Issa Traoré is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Mali
Issa Traoré age 38 - Issa Traoré is a Malian footballer. He currently plays for Sanat Naft in the Iran Pro League. Whilst at Pas, Traore endured a major injury on his right knee, and was out for a ...more

Amadou Sidibé is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Mali
Amadou Sidibé age 32 - Amadou Sidibé is a Malian football defender. He was born in Bamako, Mali, and began his career in his local club, Cercle Olympique de Bamako, recently transferred to AJ Auxerre from ...more

Souheil Ben-Barka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Mali
Souheil Ben-Barka age 75 - Souheil Ben-Barka is a film director and producer.

Bassirou Dembélé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Mali
Bassirou Dembélé age 28 - Bassirou Dembélé is a Malian footballer who currently plays for AS Bakaridjan. He was transferred to Slavia's "B" team, then in the Bohemian Football League, in April

Yahiya Doumbia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Mali
Yahiya Doumbia age 54 - Yahiya Doumbia is a retired professional tennis player from Senegal. He won two singles titles during his career on the ATP Tour, both, incredibly, as a qualifier. Doumbia reached a career-high ...more

Mahamadou Sidibé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Mali
Mahamadou Sidibé age 39 - Mahamadou Sidibé is a Malian footballer. He is a goalkeeper. He has previously played for PAS Giannia, Egaleo and Athinaikos. In March 2008, after a controversial match between PAS ...more

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Adama Traoré is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Mali
Adama Traoré age 29 - Adama Traoré is a Malian footballer who currently plays for Calais RUFC.

Alhassane Touré is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Mali
Alhassane Touré age 34 - Alhassane Ousmane Touré is a Malian footballer, who currently plays for FC Portalban/Gletterens.

Djibril Coulibaly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Mali
Djibril Coulibaly age 31 - Djibril Coulibaly is a Malian football forward.

Moké Diarra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Mali
Moké Diarra age 34 - Abdichi-Moké Diarra is a Malian footballer, who is currently playing for FC Sylt.

Mariatou Diarra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Mali
Mariatou Diarra age 32 - Mariatou Diarra is a Malian women's basketball player. Diarra competed for Mali at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she scored 2 in 3 games. She was born in Bamako and plays in Senegal for Dakar ...more

Karamoko Kéïta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Mali
Karamoko Kéïta age 43 - Karamoko Kéïta is a Malian international footballer who most recently played as a goalkeeper for Harrow Borough in England.

Ousmane Issoufi Maïga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Mali
Ousmane Issoufi Maïga age 72 - Ousmane Issoufi Maïga was the Prime Minister of Mali from 2004 to 2007. Issoufi had previously held several ministerial posts in previous governments. Issoufi was born near Gao, in the ...more

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Abdoulaye Konaté is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Mali
Abdoulaye Konaté age 65 - Abdoulaye Konaté is a Malian artist. He was born in DIré and lives and works in Bamako. Konaté studied painting in Bamako and then Havana, Cuba.

Ali Farka Touré is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Mali
Ali Farka Touré Died at 67 (1939-2006) - Ali Ibrahim "Farka" Touré was a Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, and one of the African continent's most internationally renowned musicians. His music is widely regarded ...more

Falaba Issa Traoré is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Mali
Falaba Issa Traoré Died at 73 (1930-2003) - Falaba Issa Traoré was a Malian writer, comedian, playwright, and theatre and film director. Born in Bougouni, Traoré directed an amateur theater troupe before taking over ...more

Sotigui Kouyaté is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Mali
Sotigui Kouyaté Died at 74 (1936-2010) - Sotigui Kouyaté was one of the first Burkinabé actors. He was the father of film director Dani Kouyaté and was a member of the Mandinka ethnic group. Members of ...more

Manthia Diawara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Mali
Manthia Diawara age 64 - Manthia Diawara is a Malian writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar, and art historian. He holds the title of University Professor at New York University, where he is Director of the ...more

Mahamadou Diarra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Mali
Mahamadou Diarra age 36 - Mahamadou Diarra is a Malian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder. He is currently the captain of the Mali national team.

Seydou Keita is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Mali
Seydou Keita age 38 - Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.S. Roma. A versatile midfielder, he can operate as both a central or defensive midfielder, and played most notably ...more

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Abdoulaye Ascofaré is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Mali
Abdoulaye Ascofaré age 68 - Abdoulaye Ascofaré is a Malian poet and filmmaker.

Mandé Sidibé is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Mali
Mandé Sidibé Died at 69 (1940-2009) - Mandé Sidibé was Prime Minister of Mali from 2000 to 2002 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ecobank from 2006 to 2009. He was also Director of the Malian branch of the ...more

Sidy Koné is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Mali
Sidy Koné age 25 - Sidy Kone is a soccer player.

Amadou Hampâté Bâ is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Mali
Amadou Hampâté Bâ Died at 90 (1901-1991) - Amadou Hampâté Bâ was a Malian writer and ethnologist.

Aoua Kéita is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Mali
Aoua Kéita Died at 68 (1912-1980) - Aouta Keita was a midwife, activist and politician.

Adama Coulibaly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Mali
Adama Coulibaly age 37 - Adama Coulibaly is a Malian football defender. He was born in Bamako, Mali, and began his career in his local club, Djoliba AC. Coulibaly recently transferred to Valenciennes FC. He has played ...more

Young Deenay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Mali
Young Deenay age 39 - Fatima Napo, alias Young Deenay is a German hip hop and rap artist. She studied psychology at the University of Frankfurt. Her greatest success single was "Walk on by" that stayed 14 ...more

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Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Mali
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta age 73 - Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, or as he is often known IBK, is a Malian politician who has been President of Mali since 2013. Previously he was Prime Minister of Mali from 1994 to 2000 and ...more

Sidy Lamine Diarra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Mali
Sidy Lamine Diarra Died at 61 (1944-2005) - Sidy Lamine Diarra was an actor.

Salif Keïta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Mali
Salif Keïta age 68 - Salif Keïta is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct ...more

Souleymane Cissé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Mali
Souleymane Cissé age 77 - Souleymane Cissé is a Malian film director.

Ahmad al-Bakkai al-Kunti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Mali
Ahmad al-Bakkai al-Kunti Died at 62 (1803-1865) - Ahmad al-Bakkai al-Kunti was a West African Islamic and political leader. He was one of the last principal spokesmen in precolonial Western Sudan for an accommodationist stance towards the ...more

Modibo Keïta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Mali
Modibo Keïta Died at 62 (1915-1977) - Modibo Keïta was the first President of Mali and the Prime Minister of the Mali Federation. He espoused a form of African socialism.

Jean Tigana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Mali
Jean Tigana age 62 - Jean Amadou Tigana is a former French international footballer, having played in midfield and managed professional football extensively throughout France, including 52 appearances and 1 goal for ...more

Salif Traore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Mali
Salif Traore age 64 - Salif Traore is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.