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  • feature May 19, 2016

    Lucy Durán: On Griots, Faith and the Future in Mali

    Ethnomusicologist, record producer and radio presenter Lucy Durán is a legend of West African music. She began researching in Gambia some 40 years ago, and soon became a major journalistic and scholarly voice on Mande music, especially in Mali, and … Read more »

  • hip-deep May 19, 2016

    Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako

    This program presents a musical portrait of Bamako in the wake of crisis. In 2012-13, Islamists occupied the north and a coup d’etat threatened a recent history of functioning democracy. With borders restored and a new elected government in place, … Read more »

  • blog December 22, 2015

    Remembering Bako Dagnon and Venâncio Mbande

    As 2015 ends, we remember two giants of African traditional music who passed away earlier this year. Bako Dagnon was one of the most revered, deeply knowledgeable, and electrifying griot singers (jelimusow) of Mali; and Venâncio Mbande led perhaps the … Read more »

  • review May 25, 2010

    Sidiba

    One evening when I lived in Mali in the mid-90’s, I attended a large multi-act concert at an outdoor stadium.  It was one of those affairs where a succession of groups and artists each performs a short set.  There were … Read more »

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