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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 May 18, 2017

    Mogoya

    It has been eight years since we’ve heard an album of new music from Mali’s reigning queen of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré. In fact, including her smashing debut Moussoulou (Women) in 1989, Sangaré has made just five studio albums. So … Read more »

  • blog March 31, 2017

    “Yere Faga:” A Fierce New Video by Oumou Sangaré with Tony Allen

    A young woman grits her teeth, body standing tall as if in defiance, face contorted with pain, dripping in sweat, on the edge of a roof looking out on a city landscape. A chorus of voices open the video, and … Read more »

  • blog March 16, 2017

    Salif Keita Ticket Giveaway

    Rising from international fame with Les Ambassadeurs to solo superstardom, Salif Keita, the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is one of the most highly regarded musicians on the continent. Once cast out of his community for albinism, his stupendous voice has … Read more »

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