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Could quite easily fill my list with acts from Mali as many others have done, but I’m going to give some love to the other countries in the title:

  1. Ali Farka Toure (Mali)
  2. Songhoy Blues (Mali)
  3. Orchestra Baobab (Senegal)
  4. Tal National (Niger)
  5. Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)
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thread got me looking back to what i went to at womad 2016, could happily fill the five with that weekend… les amazones d’afriques, bamba wassalou groove, toumani diabate songhai, baaba maal, kel assouf.

@jeffpistachiomagnum i nominated they will have to kill us first for dis film club, music edition. felt like an important historical document.

has anyone seen the mdou moctar purple rain movie adaptation? i would like to.

someone said on one of these threads previously that malian music had lots of variety and i raised an eyebrow. i know of loads of of amazing acts, but they’re all based around stringed instrument/ voice. obviously there’s lots of variety within that, but variety is not the word i’d use for malian music, unless anyone got any malian brass instrument/ techno recommends?!

from senegal, ndagga rhythm force were hypnotic at le guess who last year with the percussion.

i only just saw that khaira arby died, great artist.

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Yeah it looks really good. Will try and find a legal stream of it that’s not on amazon. When I lived in Brixton, they showed it at the Ritzy cinema with a Q&A with the director. Couldn’t make it for some reason.

dunno if that was me but I’d say there is, plucking two examples out of my head here

β€˜plucking’ being the word! both plucking at a stringed instrument.

@anon36531393 why malian music is so good- the video jeffpistachio links above mentions kora playing going down through loads of generations, so i guess that sort of cultural depth helps.
why it’s exported so much- the quality you mention isn’t going to hurt that. sometimes things can snowball. i went to packed concert halls for salif keita and ali farka toure in the 90s, record companies noticed that success and mined further. the β€˜world music’ audience in europe and america i think was largely boomers whose salad days were largely soundtracked by blues-derived music, so they felt safe with the similar, masterfully labelled β€˜desert blues’ playing of ali farka toure, tinariwen but still got the thrill of something new.

1 toumani diabate
2 oumou sangare
3 kel assouf
4 ndagga rhythm force
5 amadou and mariam

always loved this from ali farka toure…

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Enjoying the recommendations in this thread. my knowledge of african music is pretty limited (mainly tiniwarien).
Is there any good album recommendations for getting into these artists. I’ve been enjoying a couple of the albums listed above - the river and MandΓ© Variations

Great explanation. β€˜Desert blues’ is a great label, hadn’t thought of that before.

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Gonna add up later

Thanks for all the votes and apologies for delay…

TOP 5

1st Toumani Diabate 18 points
2nd Ali Farku Toure 16 points
3rd Salif Keita 9 points
Orchestre Baobab 9 points
5th Tinariwen 7 points

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Mdou Moctar touring next year

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CPQMu1nNegi/?utm_medium=copy_link

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fuck yes

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I’ve booked two for Yes. If L doesn’t fancy it on a school night then you can have my spare and we can hang out

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Nothing near me unfortunately but will keep an eye on it. Brilliant album.

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yussss! that would be ace.

guaranteed to be a top gig.

I’ve given a shout to a few other pals, too, reckon they’d dig this.

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Anyone seen the African Apocalypse doc on iplayer atm? Really good insight into Niger and living in the aftermath of colonialism, which is the context of some of MM’s writing.

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Can’t believe we’re getting a Belfast gig. Really looking forward to this