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  • blog June 29, 2016

    Film Preview: “Mali Blues”

    From German director Lutz Gregor (Das Land der Dogon – Eine Welt in Gefahr) comes Mali Blues, a new documentary that explores Mali’s rich musical culture in the wake of a fundamental Islamic leadership. The film follows Fatoumata Diawara, a … Read more »

  • blog January 21, 2015

    Longing For the Festival in the Desert

    The horrific massacres in Paris recently recall similarly motivated atrocities committed in northern Mali in 2012-13. In both cases fanaticism and intolerance attacked freedom of artistic expression and religious beliefs. Extremists in Mali banned all forms of music and threatened … Read more »

  • program July 25, 2014

    Afropop Live 2013 Highlights

    Over the course of 2013, Afropop’s producers recorded more great live music than we’ve managed to place in shows–until now. This program features ear candy from Ghana—Gyedu Blay Ambolley live in Accra, and palm wine guitar innovator Kyekyeku; live tracks … Read more »

  • video April 9, 2014

    Bassekou Kouyate live video from Afropop’s 25th Anniversary Gala!

    Back in September, Afropop Worldwide celebrated our 25th anniversary in style, with a gala concert at City Winery featuring many of our favorite musicians, including Malian ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba. They played a bring-down-the-house set to … Read more »

  • blog December 6, 2013

    They Will Have To Kill Us First Officially in Production

    Last year, when the MUJAO (Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) declared a ban on music in Northern Mali, musicians responded with defiance and perseverance. That attitude is reflected in a quote from Fadimta “Disco” Walet Oumar, the … Read more »

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