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  • review September 25, 2017

    La Confusion

    In 1992, the first time I went to Mali, I was pawing through cassettes at a market stall, piling up my first cache of awesome tapes from Bamako. Some of the names were familiar, many not. The seller helped me … Read more »

  • 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 »

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