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Banning was globetrotting with countless Afropop Worldwide projects and trips, and working with his own band, Timbila. But after he returned from a music collecting trip to Egypt, he was back with a vengeance, wanting to get the project up and out.
"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."