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  • blog June 6, 2017

    Manny Ansar Reflects on the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu

    Manny Ansar is the man behind the Festival au Desert, an annual concert in Mali which started in 2001. Due to terrorism and threats of violence in northern Mali, the festival has been canceled since 2012. In response to the … Read more »

  • blog February 2, 2017

    Festival au Désert: Still in Exile, Again

    The acclaimed Festival au Désert was scheduled to return to Timbuktu this year, although all the preparations were kept secret due to ongoing security concerns. Unfortunately, the festival has now been canceled by Malian authorities after suicide bombers attacked a military base … Read more »

  • 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 »

  • review November 2, 2016

    Look South (EP)

    Based in Algeria, the El Foukr R’Assembly  is a rarity among North African bands in that they really take their “Africanness” seriously. Where many in this part of the continent identify more with their Arabian than their sub-Saharan neighbors, this … Read more »

  • blog April 26, 2016

    Imarhan: Tuareg Rock on Steroids

    Imarhan is a young Tuareg rock band, originally from  Mali but currently living in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria, during these challenging days for Tuareg people in West Africa. (Check out Afropop’s recent program The Tuareg Predicament in Mali for more on … Read more »

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