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  • blog December 22, 2015

    Remembering Bako Dagnon and Venâncio Mbande

    As 2015 ends, we remember two giants of African traditional music who passed away earlier this year. Bako Dagnon was one of the most revered, deeply knowledgeable, and electrifying griot singers (jelimusow) of Mali; and Venâncio Mbande led perhaps the … Read more »

  • review November 11, 2015

    Renascence

    Renascence means rebirth, and in the case of Kandia Kouyaté, one of Mali’s most celebrated traditional singers, the music of rebirth comes as a welcome surprise. Kouyaté is a jelimouso, a female Mande griot singer whose work involves singing the … Read more »

  • blog September 16, 2015

    ¡Globalquerque! Festival Returns For 11th Year

    The 11th annual ¡Globalquerque! festival takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sept. 25-26. The spectacular lineup this year includes the legendary Malian griot Kassé Mady Diabaté, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius, Honduran Garifuna singer Aurelio Martinez, Congo-Angolan rumba, soukous and salsa singer Ricardo Lemvo … Read more »

  • interview December 22, 2014

    Salif Keita Speaks Out on His Career, Mali’s Crisis and Retirement

    Mali’s pre-eminent singer/songwriter/bandleader came to New York this fall with an unusual act. In the past, he has brought blazing electric ensembles from Paris or New York, and, in recent years, a superb, mostly Malian band featuring acoustic African instruments. … Read more »

  • review September 26, 2014

    Ala Ta

    Awa Sangho began her musical life in Dire, near Timbuktu, Mali, then moved on to Bamako and Abidjan—where she enjoyed a distinguished career as a singer/dancer/actress in Ensemble Koteba, and a front person in Les Go de Koteba—and since 2011, … Read more »

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