lost and found

On one of my visits to Niger, Mamman Sani gave me a box of cassette tapes. I digitized a few and promptly forgot about the rest. In the piles of media and recordings collected, they went from one archive to another. I recently had a chance to revisit them and…

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Mdou Moctar Fall Tour 2015

Mdou Moctar's fall tour begins tomorrow. The band will be playing a full UK tour, with dates across the EU, and a first time show in Turkey. Select date will be accompanied by screenings of Akounak. Stop by and say hello!

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Vieux Balani, live and direct

Vieux Balani - Balafon Spent a few days in the South of Mali in Sikasso -- a region stunningly different from the North. This is green Mali, with rice paddies, giant tropical trees, and red earth. Water is everywhere. People like to joke that everything is free in Sikasso. It's…

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DJ Sandji 100% Balani Show

DJ Sandji started djing years ago with cassette decks. He now uses a combination of CDJs, Virtual DJ, and a sampler. The sampler seems to always use the same kit - the one with the whistles and claps, which has evolved to be a signature element of Balani Show (Sandji…

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Uchronia

photo by Maciek Pozoga In June 2015, we traveled to a place that doesn't exist. The work was semi-ethnographic documentation of travel to a fictional Bamako. Over 10 days, photographer Maciek Pozoga and I meticulously documented the real and the unreal through photo and sound. The imagined capital evolved out…

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