Music banned in Mali


"They are destroying our culture," said one of Mali's most famous singers, Salif Keita.  "If there's no music, no Timbuktu, it means that there is no more culture in Mali."




Cheick-Tidiane Seck

The day the music stopped: Mali (Session 9 on Day 1 of the conference 'All that is banned is desired' which was held in Oslo, Norway, in October 2012)


Voices United for Mali - 'Mali-ko' (Peace / La Paix)

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