Mali Cool

There’s West African music made with instruments and musicians from Mali on this edition of New Sounds, subtitled “Mali Cool.” “MALIcool” is also the title of the latest collaboration by veteran jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd and kora player Toumani Diabate. The inventive combination of trombone and kora, plus the occasional balafon and other traditional Malian instruments, yields results which are a timeless blend of West African folk songs and restless jazz. Also, hear the deep desert grooves and moody African blues of guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Plus, there’s also "downtown world jazz" on the show by bassist Ben Allison, and more.

PROGRAM #2278 New Music from Mali (First aired 4/29/2004)





Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabate


Bamako [6:30]
Rosmani [8:00]

Soundscape #3008 Info at Available for purchase at

Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabate

Mali Music

4AM at Toumani's [3:00]

Astralwerks #41019

Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder

Talking Timbuktu

Soukora [6:00]

Hannibal/Rykodisc #1381**

Mamadou Diabate


Tunga [6:30]

Alula #1019**

Ben Allison (w/Mamadou Diabate)

Peace Pipe

Dakan [6:30]

Palmetto #2086***

Trilok Gurtu (w/Oumou Sangare)

African Fantasy

Big Brother [4:30]

Blue Thumb #314543821

Mandeng Eletrik

Mandeng Eletrik

Fula vs. Organic Grooves [6:00]

Mulatta #001

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