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  • blog August 8, 2017

    Field Report: Festival Timitar, Agadir, Morocco

    With a 10 km-long beach of fine sand, more than 300 days of sunshine a year and a marina, the south Moroccan town of Agadir is an ideal holiday resort. Every summer Agadir is also home to the Timitar Festival, … Read more »

  • botb June 7, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Ali Farka Toure

    Today’s edition of “Best of The Beat” provides a sidebar for our interview with Manny Anser, the director of the now-nomadic Festival in the Desert, which has been effectively homeless since 2013 due to the continuing insecurity in northern Mali. … Read more »

  • review May 11, 2017

    Osas–It’s Time

    Alhousseini Anivolla first came to us with the Niger-based Tuareg guitar band Etran Finatawa. This, his second solo album, was recorded in North Wales with producer/bass player Colin Bass, a veteran of many fine global music projects over the years. … Read more »

  • review April 21, 2017

    Samba

    No one else sounds like Vieux Farka Touré, and Vieux never sounds like anyone else. His latest album, Samba, was recorded live in Woodstock, NY, to capture the energy the Malian guitar virtuoso exudes on stage. The results are a … Read more »

  • review March 17, 2017

    Kidal

    Eleven years and four studio albums into their career, Tamikrest is going home. Their latest album for Glitterbeat was recorded in Bamako, Mali, but is named for where the group formed, the northeastern town of Kidal. While Tuareg desert blues … Read more »

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