Fresh from SXSW, a streamlined Terakaft performs an intimate set at the Standard Hotel.
Mali boasts one of the world’s richest musical traditions, and iconic artists like Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare (pictured) and Tinariwen. Hear 100 essential songs from Mali, from Afropop Worldwide.
Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images
With the exception of Georges Collinet, all the hosts/curators/compilers are not actually African people. Who needs their input and opinions anyway? I wonder when NPR will publish a piece about European music curated and compiled exclusively by African people. That would be something.
Malian blues singer Sidi Toure brings his guitar, soukou and calabash to Seattle for a live performance on KEXP. Watch the Bamako musician and his band perform “Maïmouna,” from his latest album, Koïma.
A group of Malian musicians are singing for peace and unity in their country and against the imposition of sharia law.
Fatoumata Diawara, who is in exile in Southern France, has gathered nearly 40 musicians together to sing for peace in their country.
She spoke to BBC Newsnight’s Steve Smith.
In response to the situation in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara has gathered together over 40 of the Country’s most renowned musicians to record a video and song calling for peace. The group collectively called ‘Voices United for Mali’ includes Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Toure, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabate, Khaira Arby, Kasse Mady Diabate, Baba Salah, Afel Bocoum, Tiken Jah, Amkoullel and Habib Koite amongst many others. The track is called ‘Mali-ko’ (Peace / La Paix).
Find the lyrics and translations, here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jan/18/fatoumata-diawara-mali-peace (scroll down).
In response to the situation in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara has gathered together over 40 of the Country’s most renowned musicians to record a video and song calling for peace. The track is called ‘Mali-ko’ (La Paix) and includes Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Toure, Djelimadi Tounkara, Toumani Diabate, Khaira Arby, Kasse Mady Diabate, Baba Salah, Afel Bocoum and Habib Koite amongst many others.
Video available soon.
How can you not love Fatoumata Diawara?
On Sunday, she performed at globalFEST 2013 to a packed house, and everyone was spellbound. Short clip above. Photos and a write-up for This is Africa to come. Stay tuned.
I recently read that Abdallah Ag Lamida, a guitarist and backing vocalist in the band Tinariwen, was arrested by Ansar Dine in North Mali. Mali’s situation is receiving more attention at the moment because of France’s intervention, but it’s so much worse than any main media in the UK is really reporting and it’s horrible.
Yes, we have heard this too… :(
Oh no! :(
I recently had the opportunity to cover a concert by the incredible Fatoumata Diawara at the Michael Schimmel Center here in NYC. Not only is she a great singer, dancer and guitarist, she’s also a very sweet and warm person.
Click here for a brief write-up from the show.