World stars of Africa Express seek to revive Mali’s music industry

A collective of musicians from around the world, known as Africa Express, is in the Malian capital, Bamako to give the music industry a much-needed boost.

The event is taking place just a few months after the defeat, by French-led troops, of Islamist militants who took over the northern part of the country last year.

In their attempt to introduce Sharia (Islamic law), the militants destroyed ancient shrines and monuments and banned secular music in a country known for having some of the finest performers in Africa.

Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and Olugbenga are among the Africa Express musicians taking part in the Malian recording project (Photo Credit: BBC)

Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and Olugbenga are among the Africa Express musicians taking part in the Malian recording project (Photo Credit: BBC)

The Islamists decreed that only Koranic verses could be sung and started confiscating recordings from radio stations, destroying instruments and forcing artists to…click here to continue reading on BBC website

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