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Mali Music

The Social Life of Music -- in Mali

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Paul Stoller

When Islamic militants took over large swaths of northern Mali they forced the local inhabitants, who tend to follow moderate Sufi approaches to Islam, to accept a reactionary Taliban version of The Prophet's religion.

Cheick Hamala Diabate 'Takes It Slow,' as Buzz for New Album Picks up

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"It's as if we're still in Mali," Cheick said. "I was born a griot, I will die a griot, and I hope that my work will continue the greatness of jeliw in the U.S."