Mali musicians

Until March this year, Mali was best known for being a peaceful haven in a bad West African neighbourhood, famous for its countless amazing musicians including Salif Keita, Toumani Diabete and Tinariwen. Now it’s better known as ‘West Africa’s Afghanistan’. So what are Malian musicians doing to promote peace? On my last trip to Mali in September I spoke to Ousmane Toure, one of the leaders of ‘Sofas (Warriors) of the Republic…Listen here: http://bit.ly/UNrBk8 And the song ‘Ca Suffit’ (that’s enough!) is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7DVVP5nDGE
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Mali

It was great to get back to Mali finally after being away for too long. I used to be based in Bamako from 2007-8 as BBC correspondent, but I left then because the country was peaceful and calm. It was with a heavy heart that I flew in over the shimmering Niger river where once upon a time it was safe to take a pirogue all the way up to Timbuktu! It was a great and fascinating trip, I was mostly focusing on the cultural response to the crisis – what singers, artists, historians and writers think…. putting some of my work up now
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