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  • review September 18, 2017

    Ladilikan

    Da kali means “to give a pledge” in Bamana, the most widely spoken language in Mali. The phrase refers to the deepest responsibilities of a griot (or jeli), a commitment to preserving the memory of history, but also adherence to … Read more »

  • blog September 15, 2017

    Salif Keita Returns to NYC! Sat., Sept. 16

    Salif Keita is back in New York, following a bang-up show at the Chicago World Music Festival. Salif’s show at SOB’s last night (Sept. 14) was such a hit that the club has booked him again for tomorrow night, Sept. … Read more »

  • review April 5, 2017

    Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

    This is the third album since Orchestra Baobab, the legendary Senegalese dance band—pioneers of the re-Africanization of Afro-Latin music in the 1970s—regrouped in 2002. But it’s been 10 years since their last album, so you could call this a third … Read more »

  • blog March 14, 2017

    Foday Musa Suso and Philip Glass at National Sawdust

    All images by Jill Steinberg, used with permission. At 80 years old, Philip Glass isn’t really worried about the specifics. “Foday and I have been writing music together for…30 years? 30 years or so?” The composer furrowed his brow. “A … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 3, 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 »

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