Articles tagged mali

10 Oct 2014 // 12:30 PM

Benyoro: Benyoro

A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.

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Tinariwen - “Arhegh Danagh” (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.

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12 Feb 2014 // 3:06 AM

Tinariwen: Emmaar

Pioneers of West African trance-rock release their best album in years.

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Various Artists: Live from Festival au Desert 2012

Performing under the shadow of a government clampdown.

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12 Feb 2012 // 10:00 PM

Sibiri Samake: Dambe Foli

System Krush has done the right thing and given us tracks that are long.

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Mamani Keita: Gagner L’Argent Français

The Malian singer stays steady and firm at the centre while the Frenchman roams baroque around her, fascinated by her ringing treelike isolation.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

The boundary for this compilation is huge, and surrounds all of Africa, a continent with more guitarists and guitar styles than anyone can easily count.

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22 Aug 2011 // 9:58 PM

Madina N’Diaye: Bimogow

Madina N'Diaye plays an elegant kora.

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Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970 - 1979

It's starting to feel -- heady delusion -- as if the rest of the globe is going to be able to relive 1970s West Africa completely just by bouncing from label to label.

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12 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou

The sound of a man in no hurry and his patient guitar, which is less imperious than the guitar of Touré.

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1 Dec 2010 // 9:55 PM

Donso: Donso

Donso has a happy-kora feel -- golden and intricate.

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6 Oct 2010 // 4:58 AM

Khaïra Arby: Timbuktu Tarab

What's unfamiliar here is Arby herself, driving everything forward at a coruscating pace.

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1 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

Salif Keita: La Différence

The sound is so steady and so fluid that it might have turned to mush if it didn't have so many strong and piquant things bearing it up.

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Tinariwen: 19.Feb.2010 - Brooklyn

Tinariwen paid a visit to Brooklyn's Bell House this past February.

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Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté: Ali and Toumani

This is a deep, darkly beautiful work, and the kind of interplay between these two men is exceedingly rare in any type of music.

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20 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Oumou Sangaré: Seya

Oumou Sangaré has surpassed herself.

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Amadou and Mariam: Welcome to Mali

If Amadou and Mariam's last album felt like a shift in the couple's career, then Welcome to Mali feels like an even greater one.

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Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko: Africa to Appalachia

The kora, with its lacelike and intricate patterns of notes, is the more attention-catching instrument, and you could easily forget that this album is a partnership and start to think of it as a Mansa Sissoko project.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali

An album that is paradoxically almost redundant and almost perfect.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth

An American jazz singer ventures to Mali and achieves an African/jazz meld of the first order.

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Considering Twitter: An Interview with App Artist Nora Reed

// Moving Pixels

"Twitter is a place where bots prevail. And where they don't rule, people, acting like bots, rule. This uneasy person-bot rapprochement offers a fertile space for artistic exploration.

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