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Zouk or Manding, Sékouba Bambino provides a choice
African music

Zouk or Manding, Sékouba Bambino provides a choice

In this Olympic year, the gold medal for the big musical divide incontestably goes to Sékouba Bambino, whose albums Innovation and Diatiguyw have taken him on a journey of opposites, which is inherently logical given his double stature as a successful pop singer and griot.

Poly-Rythmo band hits the North American road
Tour

Poly-Rythmo band hits the North American road

For years, Benin harboured hidden treasure and one of the richest record outputs on the continent, yet it wasn’t until 2009 that Poly-Rythmo left Africa for the first time. Back on the road to play twenty dates round the world, the legendary band made their maiden tour of North America (Canada and the United States) from 2 to 22 July. Tales of a tour.

Saint Louis, Senegal and New Orleans, mirror cities
Event

Saint Louis, Senegal and New Orleans, mirror cities

Saint-Louis du Sénégal, La Nouvelle-Orléans: deux villes en miroir is the title of the symposium organized by EHESS (France), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) and Tulane University (USA) with RFI, which brought together around thirty historians and anthropologists in Saint Louis, Senegal from 4 to 7 June. Music is central to the culture of both cities and a key expression of their mutual cultural influence, both real and imaginary, and so musicians from Louisiana and Senegal were invited to contribute to the event.

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.

Daby Touré’s soothing sound
World music

Daby Touré’s soothing sound

Straddling pop, French easy listening and world music, Daby Touré’s songs are a soothing balm for the soul. Lang(u)age is an intimate musical rendition of personal memories and multiple identities.

Mory Kante, in search of innovation
Guinean Music

Mory Kante, in search of innovation

Mory Kanté, who is in his sixties, has created an album filled with empathy for his fellow-countrywomen in his latest release, La Guinéenne. In 1987, he showcased his ability with Yeke Yeke, the album where he made his indisputable mark on African music. An interview.

Djeli Moussa Condé, Parisian griot
Guinean Music

Djeli Moussa Condé, Parisian griot

When the Guinean Djeli Moussa Condé moved to Paris he set up home in Ménilmontant. In the heart of this working-class neighbourhood, the kora player dreamed up a world-style album with the help of percussionist, arranger and producer Vincent Lassalle.

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.

Mounira Mitchala, Voice of the Sahel
Music from Chad

Mounira Mitchala, Voice of the Sahel

One of the few Chadian artists to be making a name for herself on the international scene, singer Mounira Mitchala has paved the way for the next step with Chili Houritki, five years after winning the RFI Découvertes music award.

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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