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Strings of life: Globetrotter Leni Stern’s African Trio

Leni Stern’s music was always good — her fluid, powerful electric guitar exercised in a variety of settings, mostly on her own compositions — but she has really bloomed since she began her collaborations with African musicians. In 2006, the jazz/blues guitarist and singer played the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, sharing stages […]

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Trio Da Kali Brings the Unique Sound of African Music to The Stables

THE three musicians of Trio Da Kali hail from the Mande culture of Mali, from a heritage of distinguished griots, the caste of specialist hereditary musical artisans. Their performance offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the griot’s art, celebrating the African continent’s finest, most subtle and sublime music. The trio’s performance revolves around […]

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Africa’s Musical Crusaders: New Generation of Griots

Africa produces its fair share of aspirational pop with glossy videos featuring fast cars and seemingly faster women. But peer under the hedonistic surface and you discover there are musicians all over the continent who are worthy successors to the griots, Africa’s traditional storytellers, says DJ Rita Ray. West Africa’s griots or jalis, are often […]

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Womad 2014: Youssou N’Dour – Senegal’s minister of sound

Womad festival headliner Youssou N’Dour tells Mark Hudson about his journey from grooves to government – and back againg> ‘When you’re outside politics, it’s very easy to say, ‘Why didn’t they think of that?’ or ‘Why are they so slow?’ But when you get inside, you realise how complicated the processes are.” Africa’s biggest music […]

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Diawara A Stirring Voice For Peace

The Malian vocal star, a favorite of such collaborators as Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock & Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, performs Wednesday at UC San Diego. Internationally celebrated vocal sensation Fatoumata Diawara counts Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and Senegalese superstar Cheikh Lô among her admirers and collaborators. […]

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Toumani Diabaté with Sidiki Diabaté and Trio Da Kali – review

Royal Festival Hall, London The world’s most celebrated kora exponent plays his first live debut with his son, Sidiki This was an historic night for Toumani Diabaté, the world’s most celebrated kora exponent. “Salaam alaikum, London,” he said, introducing the young man seated next to him, who was also playing the 21-stringed West African harp. “This […]

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Vieux Farka Touré – review

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London The Malian blues guitarist has emerged from his father’s shadow as a fluent – and electrifying – performer “I’m scared,” announces a remarkably confident-looking Vieux Farka Touré, proving that his growing international success is matched by growing fluency in English. “I don’t know what people want. Do you want to dance […]

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