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  • 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 »

  • review October 27, 2016

    Arbina

    Noura Mint Seymali is without doubt one of the most compelling traditional African singers to emerge on the international stage in the past decade. She was raised and schooled in the rarified world of Mauritanian griots, who, unlike their counterparts … Read more »

  • 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 »

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