Posts Tagged ‘ Bamako ’

SMOD – Folk? Rap? Smart? African? No doubt!

March 16, 2011

“Africa needs to speak out right now,” says Ousco calmly over a crackling phone line from Bamako. “Africa must stop crying.” His words are a neat little summary of what African rap is all about: No mincing words or metaphors. No ancient musical traditions that cosy up to power. No decadent ghetto fabulous fantasies....
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OUMOU SANGARE – Tougher than tough

January 27, 2011
Oumou Sangare - Malian Songbird

As the most famous Malian woman alive, Oumou Sangare embodies this alluring dichotomy like no one else. She’s the epitome of tough femininity; beautiful, elegant, determined, independent, talented…and, well, hard.
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TOUMANI DIABATE – 71 generations behind him but still looking ahead

January 18, 2011
Toumani Diabate (Youri Lenquette) with Alexander McQueen suit mid shot thumbnail

Son of the great Sidiki Diabate, the father of the modern kora, Toumani is 71st in a direct line of griots that stretches back to the reign of the great medieval Emperor Sudjata Keita.
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