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  • review March 28, 2017

    République Amazone

    Any time West African divas ranging from Benin’s superstar Angelique Kidjo to Kandia Kouyaté, perhaps the greatest living female griot (jelimuso) of Mali; to Mariam Doumbia of Amadou and Mariam; to younger mavericks like Mamani Keita and Nneka of Nigeria, … Read more »

  • blog October 13, 2016

    Issa Bagayogo (1961-2016)

    Issa Bagayogo was a trailblazer in West African music. His 1999 debut release, Sya (Cobalt/Six Degrees) set a new direction for Malian pop. It drew on his background playing the kamele ngoni, literally “young man’s harp,” a kind of secular … Read more »

  • blog July 15, 2016

    Fatoumata Diawara Announces North American Tour

    After taking in Minnesota and New York earlier in the year, Malian superstar Fatoumata Diawara returns to North America in August for a string of summer festival dates. A tireless and passionate performer with a commanding onstage presence, Fatou—as she … Read more »

  • blog May 9, 2016

    Concert Review: Fatoumata Diawara at the Schomburg Center in Harlem

    Fatoumata Diawara lives in many worlds, a free soul defying the restraints that hold so many down. She fluidly moves between emotions and states of being, but her warm, radiant undercurrent never fades. She sings soaring, hopeful songs in opposition … Read more »

  • blog March 10, 2015

    Field Report: Festival Sur le Niger 2015

    Tom Pryor is a music journalist and former EIC of Nat Geo Music at National Geographic. His work has appeared in Billboard, MTV Online, Songlines magazine and others. Last month I traded New York’s deep freeze for a chance to … Read more »

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