Amadou & Mariam North American Tour
Malian gem-strummers Amadou and Mariamwill be embarking on their first North American tour since 2009.
Photos: Malick Sidibé Portraits of Mali
Mali’s legendary photographer, Malick Sidibé is curated in a new photo collection, Malick Sidibé: Portraits of Mali, hitting stores today.
Video: Bono x Tinariwen At The Festival au Désert
U2 singer and humanitarian extraordinaire Bono was recently spotted at the annual Festival au désert (Festival in the Desert) in Mali with Tinariwen.
Video: Tinariwen ‘Isweigh Attay’
Desert campfire clip for “Isweigh Attay,” a more subdued clip off Tinariwen‘s Tassili LP.
Audio: Agali Ag Amoumine ‘Takamba’
Check out the latest Lo-fi electric Tehardent and Calabash recording from Timbuktu compliments of Sahel Sounds.
An African Minute: Thiat Makinwa of Dynamic Africa
We ask Thiat Makinwa about Dynamic Africa, the eye-opening blog that is a one-stop shop for a wide variety of perspectives on Africa.
NYC: The Most Remote Music Festival In The World
This Thursday in NYC check out the Essakane Film about the Festival in the Desert, and Tinariwen at Gramercy Park.
Audio: Cheick Hamala Diabaté ‘Sigi Diya’
Electric Cowbell presents ngoni virtuoso Cheick Hamala Diabaté‘s fusion of traditional griot rhythms and electric American sounds, grab a free download!
OKA Premiere: Jah Youssouf & Bintou Coulibaly ‘Kahlan’
Download husband and wife duo Jah Youssouf & Bintou Coulibaly‘s swaying “Kahlan,” an organic concoction of Southern Malian and Côte d’Ivoire sounds.
Tracka De Day: Tinariwen “Tenere Taqqim Tossam (Four Tet Remix)”
The laidback six-string groove of Tinariwen‘s “Tenere Taqqim Tossam” gets remixed by illustrious London beatsmith Four Tet.
Audio: Nâ Hawa Doumbia “Kungo Sogoni”
Stream and download “Kungo Sogoni,” a choice cut off Awesome Tapes From Africa‘s first official release from Mali’s Nâ Hawa Doumbia.
Video: The Many Incarnations of Amadou & Mariam’s ‘Sabali’
Amadou & Mariam practice ‘patience’ as their song, “Sabali,” produced and co-written by Damon Albarn, is sampled and remixed by countless other musicians.