head dance

Group Mamelon is a Malian Balani Show outfit taking their name from a hill in Sikasso. Koumba FriFri is one of their more popular tracks, recorded in 2010 is an ancient song, updated for the electro age. It translates to…

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An open letter to Homeland Security

I was recently stopped again while coming back to the US. It has come to my attention that I am officially a "high risk" category as potential terrorist because of my travels in West Africa, and I'm currently awaiting more…

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sahelsounds and the quest for the emerald mp3

The good folks at 3bute have adapted a former blog post into a "mashable" comic available here. "3bute [pronounced: tribute] is an online anthology devoted to the contexts often missing when African stories are reported. Our mash-up platform lets artists…

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imzad

Coubala (or Rokia Wallet Wakina) is one of the few living players of imzad, the monochord horsehair violin that once provided the melodies of the evening in the nomad camps. Coubala's imzad is cobbled together using a metal bowl in…

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