List of Malian Grammy Award winners and nominees

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The following is a list of Grammy Awards winners and nominees from Mali:

Mali republic in West Africa

Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa, a region geologically identified with the West African Craton. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 18 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital is Bamako. The sovereign state of Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the country's southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country's economy centers on agriculture and mining. Some of Mali's prominent natural resources include gold, being the third largest producer of gold in the African continent, and salt.

YearCategoryNominees(s)Nominated forResult
1992 Best World Music Album Salif Keita [1] Amen Nominated
1995 Ry Cooder [lower-alpha 1] and Ali Farka Touré [2] Talking Timbuktu Won
2000 Ali Farka Touré Niafunké Nominated
Salif Keita PapaNominated
2003 Moffou Nominated
2006 Best Contemporary World Music Album Amadou & Mariam Dimanche à Bamako Nominated
Best Traditional World Music Album Ali Farka Touré In the Heart of the MoonWon
2007 Best Contemporary World Music Album SavaneNominated
Salif Keita M'BembaNominated
2010 Amadou & Mariam Welcome to MaliNominated
Oumou Sangaré SeyaNominated
2011 Best Traditional World Music Album Ali Farka Touré Ali and TounaniWon
2012 Best World Music Album Tinariwen [lower-alpha 2] Tassili Won
2013 Amadou & Mariam FolilaNominated
2015 Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté Toumani & SidikiNominated
2018 Tinariwen Elwan Nominated
2019 Fatoumata Diawara Fenfo Nominated
Best Dance Recording Disclosure [lower-alpha 3] featuring Fatoumata Diawara UltimatumNominated


  1. Ry Cooder is an American musician.
  2. Tinariwen are a group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert, who formed in Algeria but currently reside in Mali.
  3. Disclosure are an English electronic music duo.

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Ali Farka Touré Malian musician

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