Album of the Year: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko

Mali has been in the news this year: music there was under serious threat from the fundamentalists that spread through the north of the country and ransacked parts of the ancient city of Timbuktu. The jihadists are hardly music-lovers and Mali’s creative community, one of the most productive in Africa, while feeling the cold winds of Islamist repression, stood firm and reacted with characteristic vigour.  The griots or jalis of West Africa have always sung alongside the just warriors, giving them courage with their heart-warming music.....READ FULL STORY


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