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  • hip-deep January 5, 2017

    Hip Deep in Mali: The Tuareg Predicament

    The confederations and clans collectively known as the Tuareg descend from the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. They lead a mostly nomadic existence across the Sahara Desert, in the lands we now know as Algeria, Libya, Niger and Mali. Tuareg … Read more »

  • program November 17, 2016

    Afropop Live! 2016

    The crowd grows restless until finally the lights go down and the artist takes the stage, and that’s when things come alive. It’s “Afropop Live! 2016”–an anthology of some of the best performances we had the honor to see and … 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 »

  • blog May 19, 2016

    Bamako Photo Essay

    Our program “Hip Deep in Mali: Growing Into Music in 21st Century Bamako” has some extensive, photo-rich features linked to it. There are two field reports from our trip to Mali in January-February 2016. And there are lengthy interviews with Hip … Read more »

  • feature May 19, 2016

    Lucy Durán: On Griots, Faith and the Future in Mali

    Ethnomusicologist, record producer and radio presenter Lucy Durán is a legend of West African music. She began researching in Gambia some 40 years ago, and soon became a major journalistic and scholarly voice on Mande music, especially in Mali, and … Read more »

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