Help Oxfam provide emergency support to Mali
Since fighting broke out in northern Mali last year following a military coup, 450,000 people have fled their homes and 1.2 million are facing growing food shortages. The recent violence and political turmoil have forced many into refugee camps in neighbouring countries, and despite the work of Malian and French forces in recapturing the country’s north, Mali’s future remains uncertain.
What is certain however, is that Mali remains one of Africa’s cultural powerhouses; producing an endless stream of musical and artistic talent. In the latest issue (July 2013, #93) we countdown our Top 25 Mali albums to remind us that there is an endless amount to celebrate in its music.
With many UK festivals featuring Malian artists this summer – including Glastonbury, Latitude and Hay – there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in the country’s rich musical history.
Watch this Oxfam produced video, where Malian musicians including Bassekou Kouyaté, Naba Toure and Amkoullel talk about how people are working for peace and development. Donate to Oxfam’s Mali Crisis Appeal