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  • review February 15, 2016

    Waati Sera

    The music of Mali is generally easy for Western ears to assimilate. Guitar, ngoni, kora and other stringed instruments are often to the fore, riding insistent and repetitive grooves reminiscent of blues artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White or … Read more »

  • blog October 13, 2015

    St Germain Pays Electronic Homage to Mali

    Afropop’s Sean Barlow recently talked to French electronic music artist St Germain (a.k.a. Ludovic Navarre) about his just-released self-titled album (Nonesuch), a collaboration with excellent Malian artists, including veteran singers Nahawa Doumbia and Zoumana Tereta, as well as musicians from … Read more »

  • review February 16, 2015

    Four From Mali

    Mali has suffered through three years of political instability and tension, with serious consequences for musicians’ livelihoods, not only in the troubled north but in the capital, Bamako. And all that comes on top of the collapse of the recorded … Read more »

  • review December 28, 2012

    Smoke, No Fire

    The core of this album is a well-developed musical friendship between Stern and Harouna Samake, whose sterling kamele n’goni (young man’s harp) has graced recordings and performances by wassoulou diva Sali Sidibe, and, more recently, Mali music icon Salif Keita. Stern and Samake have a sound. Read more »

  • review December 27, 2012

    One Night on Earth, Music From the Strings of Mali

    The result is astounding, not just for its technical brilliance, but its musicality. Gripper executes these pieces with the precision and attention to detail one might expect from a great classical musician, but there is nothing stiff about these performances. Read more »

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