Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This New Sounds program presents music from Mali, but focuses on recordings from 2012 (mostly), the year when the country was split by civil war & the Islamist takeover of the north; and the subsequent intervention by the French army and neighboring countries. Despite this period of violence, and the ban on music due to strict interpretation of Sharia law in the northern part of the country, there has been a whole bunch of incredible music, both imbued with defiance, and straight pleas for peace, making its way out of Mali. Hear new music from Rokia Traoré, who has temporarily relocated to Paris for the safety of her young son, during the Malian conflict. Also, listen to a prayer for peace from guitarist /singer/songwriter Sidi Touré (who is appearing this Saturday, 10/5 at BAM Cafe).
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
Malian desert diva Khaira Arby makes her first appearance in the States after 20 years of performing as "the Nightingale of the North" in her country. Download her fuzzed-out Muslim trance jam "Khaira" here.