Bamada is the name of Habib Koite’s band. Bamada is (apparently) also what they call a person who lives in Bamako. I lived in the Malian capital for four months in 2009. My first roof was a guesthouse called Lafia (life) in Bamako Coura. From Lafia, I rented a room at Prince’s flat. I moved out two weeks later. I had found a home. It was in Para Djicoroni. Here’s a slice of life at number 227.