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Mali In Hi-8: Robert Plant's 'Zirka' Series

Watch Robert Plant Mali "Zirka" series, Hi-8 footage chronicling the Led Zeppelin singer's time in the West African nation.


Back in 2003, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant travelled to Mali to take part in the Festival Au Désert alongside the likes of Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen. In Zirka, an 8-episode Youtube series, Plant will be compiling and releasing the self-shot, Hi-8 film footage he recorded while traveling through the nation. The scenes from the first video span from panoramic landscapes to late night street parties, culminating with images of Plant performing with Ali Farka Touré.

"It was a journey of revelation — one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life," Plant told Rolling Stone. "[The trip] took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg, the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo, and north to Essakane," Plant recalls. "A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures. . . sharing outside of language." Watch the first episode of the Robert Plant Mali Zikra series below and check back every Monday for new installments.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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