Thursday, December 06, 2012

Malian music

This is a heartbreaking story. Islamist fundamentalists have taken over areas of Mali including the hometown of the late Ali Farka Toure. They have banned music and instituted the usual restrictions on women and children. The music of this genius cannot be heard in his own town.

Listen to this. It was recorded just before his death in 2006. It is an astounding piece of music, so alive, so vivid, so dynamic, completely hypnotic. One day, this will be heard again in the streets of Niafunke.

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