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  • blog September 8, 2016

    Win Tickets to See Vieux Farka Touré in New York

    Vieux Farka Touré is so fleet-fingered that he never uses one note when he’s got room for six—and it seems like he can always make room. Seeing the guitarist play live, as he slips in and around the beat in … Read more »

  • blog June 18, 2015

    Songhoy Blues Live at Mercury Lounge

    Malian rock band Songhoy Blues played at Mercury Lounge in New York on Tues., June 16, and they rocked the house. Their story is a fascinating one. Many of the best-known musicians from Mali usually hail from Timbuktu, Bamako, and even … Read more »

  • program April 12, 2012

    Timbuktu, Dakar, Fes Flight Plan

    Frequent flyers, start your engines! We’re heading to some of our favorite festivals – The Desert Festival in Timbuktu, The Ebony Festival in Dakar, and The Sacred World Music Festival in Fes Morrocco to hear highlights from these inspired extravaganzas. … Read more »

  • review March 28, 2012


    You know the story about Amadou and Miriam. Super-talented, blind couple makes music for years in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. Looking for opportunity, they move to Paris, where they find success first in France, and then gradually throughout the world. … Read more »

  • hip-deep December 3, 2011

    Africa and the Blues

    When this episode first aired, the recent death of Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré inspired a new round of speculation about the roots of the blues in Africa. Touré famously argued that the beloved American genre was “nothing but … Read more »

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