BBC Heart and Soul documentaries

I was delighted to be asked to author and produce two half hour documentaries for BBC World Service, one on how religious faith in Mali has been affected by the crisis of the last year, the other about how Christianity, Islam and animism peacefully co-exist in Burkina Faso. Listen again here – search for Beyond the War: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn4/episodes/player
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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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