Famous People From Mali

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.
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    • Birthplace: Kolokani, Mali
    Rokia Traoré (born January 26, 1974) is a Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She made six albums between 1998 and 2016. Bowmboï (2003) won the Critics Award category at the BBC Radio 3 Awards ...more
    • Birthplace: Nioro du Sahel, Nioro Cercle, Mali
    Cheick Modibo Diarra (born 1952) 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 ...more
  • Mohammed Bagayogo
    Dec. at 70 (1523-1593)
    • Birthplace: Djenné, Mali
    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
    Dec. at 70 (1556-1627)
    • Birthplace: Araouane, Essouk, Mali
    Ahmad Baba al-Massufi al-Timbukti, full name Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Takruri Al-Massufi al-Timbukti (October 26, 1556 – April 22, 1627), was a medieval Sanhaja Berber writer, scholar, and ...more
    • Birthplace: Mali, Bamako
    Oumou Sangaré (born February 25, 1968 in Bamako, Mali) is a Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician, sometimes referred to as "The Songbird of Wassoulou". Wassoulou is a historical region ...more
    • Birthplace: Kayes, Mali
    Alpha Oumar Konaré (born 2 February 1946) is a former President of Mali for two five-year terms from 1992 to 2002 and was Chairperson of the African Union Commission from 2003 to 2008.