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Tinariwen made in USA
Tuareg music

Tinariwen made in USA

Horses have replaced the dunes on the front cover, but the determination is the same. Far from the Malian conflict, Tinariwen have opted to record their sixth album, Emmaar, in the Californian desert. Featuring guest stars Saul Williams and Josh Klinghoffer, guitarist with Red Hot Chili Peppers, this is one of their best albums to date.

Mamani Keita on acoustic tracks
Malian music

Mamani Keita on acoustic tracks

Up until now, Mamani Keita’s studio work had always involved an Afro-electro twosome that had almost become her trademark. But for her fourth album, Kanou, the Malian singer has taken the driver’s seat and set off in an acoustic direction.

Aminata Wassidjé Traoré, upwards and outwards
Malian music

Aminata Wassidjé Traoré, upwards and outwards

Hailing from the north of Mali, and imbued with the Songhai culture dear to Ali Farka Touré, the singer Aminata Wassidjé Traoré has made a name for herself on the local music scene while attracting the attention of some enlightened foreigners. Her first album Tamala has in fact just been released on the international market.

Mariam Koné
RFI Discoveries award 2013

Mariam Koné

This songwriter, composer and singer studied music in Bamako, Mali. A series of exchange programmes gave her the opportunity to play live around the world, before winning the 2012 talent contest, "Les Talents de la Cité" at the Festival sur le Niger in Ségou, under the patronage of Cheick Tidiane Seck. She quickly went on to produce a first album inspired by traditional instruments.

 

Rokia Traoré, progressive Afro rock
African Music

Rokia Traoré, progressive Afro rock

On her fifth album, Beautiful Africa, Rokia Traoré infuses intimate poems with energetic rock, profound blues and some rare heart and soul. RFI Musique interviewed the Malian artist.

Cheick Tidiane Seck, fighting for a cause
Malian music

Cheick Tidiane Seck, fighting for a cause

The militant campaigner for union and peace in Mali, Cheick Tidiane Seck, is back with Guerrier, an album recorded by the pianist from start to finish and in which he takes a firm stand against one-way globalization. RFI Musique met up with the musician, who is currently organizing a series of conference-debates and concerts for his homeland.

 

Salif Keïta’s electro cool
Malian music

Salif Keïta’s electro cool

Salif Keïta’s new album, Talé, put together with Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen-Solal in Bamako, moves away from a pure “club” sound and takes its listeners into electro lands. RFI Musique spoke with the Malian musician.

Rokia Traoré’s London hat trick
Malian music

Rokia Traoré’s London hat trick

In the run-up to the Olympic games in the British capital, Malian singer Rokia Traoré is set to feature at the Barbican Centre for three nights performing creations specially devised for the event. RFI Musique met up with the singer.

Amadou & Mariam
Malian music

Amadou & Mariam

The Malian twosome Amadou & Mariam are back with a new album, Folila. With its roots firmly planted in Mali, the collection takes added inspiration from some of the couple’s international alliances, and in particular Français Bertrand Cantat.

Khaira Arby, Timbuktu diva
Malian music

Khaira Arby, Timbuktu diva

The singer from northern Mali, Khaira Arby, has a status on a level with Oumou Sangaré in her homeland. Despite a keen following in the United States, in France she remains largely unknown. Not for long though, since she is scheduled to perform at the Babel Med Festival in Marseille at the end of March.
 

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