Music: Sounds of Mali

[I]When people think of African empires the first thing that comes into their minds are the pyramids of Giza. They think of Egypt, the great Nile and vast areas covered with golden sand. When people think of African empires, they think of Imoteph and his ingenuity, they fantasize about Cleopatra, the marvel at sarcophaguses and their morbid beauty and they wonder about the type of drugs whoever designed the Sphinx was on. They think of the land from where Moses liberated the people of Israel. When people think about African Empires, they rarely think of Mali.

Mali was once a great empire before it became part of an even greater one. It is an old woman who has had and lost it all over and over again. She has experienced the rise and fall of great civilizations and has buried underneath her age the history of the men who once suckled her tits. There is a mosque in Timbuktu that was built in the 13th Century. Its beauty and splendor has changed over the years as it rides on the people’s perceptions and influences, but its essence of unity has remained constant. The music of Mali. The reason why people don’t think of Mali when you ask them about African empires is because unlike Egypt, its history is not carved on clay tablets or painted on the walls of tombs, but in it’s music.

A Story
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[SPOILER] During the age when time was young, in the village of Bafoulabe two rivers flowed together, one blue one white. The river was a dangerous one, and the women were afraid to go to the river to wash and draw water because of crocodiles and other violent animals. One day as a pregnant woman came to the river to draw water, a hippopotamus appeared in the water near her. The hippo was unique. It was two toned, its body was gray, but its feet were white. It had a white streak on its face and its eyes were as golden as the sun. She was frighten by the Hippo, but the Hippo spoke to her calming her. He offered her and the village protection. The village was grateful for Mali, the bamanakan word for hippo. The woman gave birth to a girl and called her Sadio which means pure. As the girl grew she became very close to Mali. Sadio would spend hours at the river swimming with and jumping off of Mali. Over many years their friendship became love. One young hunter had fallen in love with the girl, but everyone knew her heart belonged to Mali. His anger grew deeper as he saw them together. So he plotted to kill Mali. Now without Mali to protect the villagers, the river once again became very dangerous. Sadio never married. To this day a statue stands in Bafoulabe in honor of Mali Sadio.
http://dastoryweaver.blogspot.co.ke/2012/03/when-time-was-young-in-village-of-two.html [/SPOILER]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTEEdkRHNYU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay7UME9o7VE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpgMsiNkHtk

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https://soundcloud.com/palabresenjazz/habib-koit-mali-sadio

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I used to like watching that channel named CONCERTS on Zuku 'cause they always featured so many African artists and gave preferences to artists from “forgoten” countries. One of their adverts was the effect of music on people living in despair and they would play this clip …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k16Eoyccip4

Traditional Malian music is the best music I’ve heard.

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its the same channel on which Jools Holland has like 60% airtime … so watch it if you like his show 'cause he brings on so many different types of artists

… one of my favs was when he featured Dido and The Corrs in the same show. I recorded it but haven’t figured out how to get it from decoder to other media without having to go through the process of dismantling the whole decoder, taking out the HDD, connecting it to a PC and copying the data, then going through the whole process again!

It looks like a great show, will definitely try to watch it. I usually download/stream such shows from BBC and NPR since I don’t like most music shows on telly because of how they sideline the good stuff in a bid to look “poppy”??

Me too. I love this one the most… The original is great, but his young son bring vibrance and vitality to it… they did an album together that was released about a year ago and it is splendid. The son is also a pop artist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cLAwAOi-hA

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The Tuareg and their blues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gQSVXJu3Cc

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When the greats come together hearts stop beating.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJUE03aeaQ4

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aaaw its so touching to watch them play together … and the sound is otherworldly!

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:smiley: the difference between dad’s and his son’s shoes

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMhWV1YjeMk

Is the difference in their music…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2E1MU10yaI

lol true! the first few seconds already say as much. He still has the music in him though … if you listen without watching the video, you can hear it

[SIZE=1]Sidenote;
I hope they finally got around to removing and discarding of those hideous “love” locks which were compromising the structural stability of the bridge[/SIZE]

You can’t talk about malian music and fail to mention this lovely and iconic couple.
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Beautiful. Thanks.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq9shQQJXdQ

Nice.

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@WuTang

See this Oumou Sangare and her band are amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRtQ2XgEp2g

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Amazing is an understatement.

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A different touch…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwTLvH-foM