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  • 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 »

  • blog December 2, 2016

    Desert Blues: Rokia Traoré at NYC’s Symphony Space  

    No sooner had the air cleared in New York after a freak storm the evening of Oct. 30, than Rokia Traoré took command of the Symphony Space stage on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, raining down a superlative storm of rock … Read more »

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