Bambara, Malinke and the Manding languages.
I've read about Bambara, Malinke and other related languages (dialects?). Its on my bucket list to learn an African language. I only haven't done so yet because there are limited resources.
For this reason and because I like the style of the language I have had an interest in learning Malinke. But it seems Bambara, Malinke and other languages are considered to be the same language.
Is this so? And if so how similar are they and which one might should I learn?
Thank you to anyone who can help me!