Sundiata Keita (IPA (Mandinka, Malinke, Bambara): [sʊndʒæta keɪta]) (c. 1217 – c. 1255) was a puissant prince and founder of the Mali Empire, the renowned hero celebrated by the Mandinka people in the semi-historical Epic of Sundiata, which is primarily known through oral tradition, transmitted by generations of Mandinka griots (djeli or jeliw). The famous Malian ruler Mansa Musa who made a pilgrimage to Mecca was his grandnephew.
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