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Music in Mali

Posted on March 25th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Mali has made headlines the last few days after a rebel group stormed the presidential palace on Thursday in a military coup.

With the country that has been a beacon of stability in West Africa plunging into chaos, it’s easy to forget the wealth of music that comes from Mali. While reading up on the latest news, we stumbled across this nice video of Malian music made by film maker and radio presenter Tim Tyson Short. 

This video was recorded at the 2007 Festival sur le Niger (one of our top 25 international festivals in 2012). You can watch more videos by Tim Tyson Short on his Vimeo page

 

Interested in experiencing Mali’s music for yourself? Check out our Songlines Music Travel trip to Mali.  

 

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Music and Social Change off to press!

Posted on January 26th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Whew! Excitingly, our next issue (#82 March 2012), the Music and Social Change special is off to press.

With a historic 2011 having just ended  and a new year, which even in its infancy, is poised to be as powerful, the special issue felt timely.

Last year saw some of the most impressive popular uprisings the world has seen in decades. The so-called ’99%’ made their voices heard throughout the events of 2011, but more and more are catching on as we head deeper into the new year. Youssou N’Dour has garnered support in Senegal as a presidential candidate and most recently Seun Kuti has led protests in Nigeria, urging the government to help support its economically distraught public.

We have been eagerly following the latest news and are delighted to see what an incredible role music has been playing in these revolutions. This next issue, on sale February 3, is going to be a in-depth and up-to-date look into the relationship between music, musicians and social change.

That said, we expect to see music play a part in more uprisings and revolutions, so don’t forget to follow us here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest news as it happens.

Finally, let us know how you feel about music and politics by answering our poll here. Come on, don’t be shy!

Our Music and Social Change issue (#82, March 2012) is on sale February 3.

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