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Malian musicians unite to record track in Bamako

Posted on January 19th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

As the fighting in Mali intensifies between the national army and Islamist militants who have occupied the North, Malian musicians have joined together to record a track in an act of musical solidarity.

Whether its through the hip-hop of Amkoullel, the Touareg blues of Bombino or the rocking ngoni of Bassekou Kouyaté, music is already proving to be an extremely commanding tool in the battle against extremism in Mali and now a host of the country’s top musicians have recorded the track ‘Maliko’ (Peace) in the capital, Bamako.

Artists featured included Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer, Fatoumata Diawara; Amadou & Mariam; Khaira Arby; Kasse Mady Diabaté; Vieux Farka Touré; Toumani Diabaté; Djelimadi Tounkara; Amakoullel; Oumou Sangaré, Habib Koité and Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jag Fakoly.

On Thursday Glastonbury Festival (June 26-30) announced that the first officially confirmed act is to be Mali’s Rokia Traoré, who will one of three Malian acts to open each day at the Pyramid Stage. The festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis commented; ‘given the situation in Mali at the moment, it felt particularly important to show some solidarity,’ she added ‘we want to stay out of the politics, but if we can give musicians a platform we will always do that.’

Video for ‘Maliko’ below

Read more about the Mali crisis in our November/December 2012 issue (#88) or about Bassekou Kouyaté’s new album recorded during the coup in our January/February 2013 issue (#89).

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Pledges Needed for Festival au Désert CD

Posted on December 7th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The Festival au Désert, usually held in Essakane, North Mali, has been recorded only once (2003). So this year, Christopher Nolan captured the entire festival on the house sound board with the help of the festival organisation. Due to less-than-perfect recording conditions, Nolan is now asking for pledges in order to finish mastering the CD. Although the album is important because it is only the second recording of the festival, it is also a recording of the last festival to be held in Mali due to the 2012 Touareg rebellion (which you can read more about in our last issue, #88). The 16-track CD features artists such as Habib Koité, Tinariwen and Abdoulaye Diabaté amongst many others.

There is only one week to go until their crowdfunding deadline. So far they have managed to raise over 90% of their goal ($5,000). Donations will go towards finishing and mastering the CD, design, artwork and distribution. Proceeds from further album sales will go towards the Festival au Désert 2013, which will be held in Burkina Faso.  

For more information or to donate, please visit their KickStarter website.

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Mali S.O.S – Youtube Playlist #88

Posted on October 6th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Our next issue, #88, is now on its way to the printers! To whet your appetite before the release date on October 12 (UK), we have put together a short playlist of some of the artists discussed in our upcoming feature on the crisis in Mali.

Kathryn M Werntz explores the worsening humanitarian and political crisis that plagues Mali, and how musicians such as Oumou Sangaré, Habib Koité and Amkoullel are reacting to the threat of being silenced by Al Qaeda.

Amkoullel – S.O.S


JeConte & The Mali Allstars (featuring Khaira Arby, Vieux Farka Touré and Bassekou Kouyaté)– Le Monde Pour La Paix

Les Sofas de la République – Laisser Nous En Paix

Keep an eye out for other tasters of the new issue over the week.

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