In 1970, following a year of uncertainty as the CMLN consolidated its authority, Las Maravillas de Mali left Cuba definitively and returned to their native land.
Under the CMLN, by contrast, political cronyism became a fin politique tout court.
Regional and municipal orchestras thrived during this time, as decentralized political fiefdoms emerged within the 'dictatorial family' of the CMLN. Live musical performances were largely elite affairs, with ticket prices prohibitive to the common citizen.
Bagayoko was an active participant in the 1968 coup, a member of the ruling CMLN, and a regular patron at the bar-room dancehall at the Motel de Bamako on the city's left bank.