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MFM Presents: “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Webinar #5 with Banning Eyre on Bringing African Music into the American Music Scene

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm (ET)
Venue: ZOOM
Ticket: free

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYud-GtpzorEtU2zBhZA4kaF2uOecvtk13c

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Mali’s Musical Life (P.2): Mali’s Musicians’ Lives

Text by Banning Eyre

Bamako Street

Photo by Banning Eyre

As reported last time, there is plenty of music going being played publically in Malian cities, especially Bamako, despite a State of Emergency. But the impression is deceptive. Crowds at nightclubs are thin. There are almost no foreign visitors to support clubs, festivals and concerts.

While street weddings are on, the families who sponsor them have less to spend, and are moreBamako: wedding with tama player and more inclined to cut costs by hiring lower-rung artists, often not griots as they would have been in the past, and there is less money changing hands. For musicians, there is hardly any point in recording, unless you are one of the lucky few to have an international career. Cellphone technology has made swapping music files so easy that even the pirates who used to undermine artistic careers with cheap cassettes and CDs have a hard time making sales.

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Mali’s Musical Life (P.1): The Present Music Scene

Festival Acoustic de Bamako

Photo by Banning Eyre

Text by Banning Eyre

In January and February, I made my fifth visit to Bamako, Mali. It was the first time back in ten years, and I was there with Sean Barlow to research new programs for Afropop Worldwide. We were especially interested to see how musicians’ lives had been affected in the aftermath of tumultuous events in 2012 and 2013 – namely, a rebellion in the north, eight months of sharia law under which music was banned in northern cities like Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, a coup d’etat in Bamako, French military action to restore the nation’s sovereignty, and fraught elections bringing a new, fragile civilian government to power.

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Khaira Arby: Desert Punk performed by a Grand Dame!!

Date: March 5, 2011
Venue: Bell House (Brooklyn, NY)

Concert review and photos by Stephanie Keith

Khaira Arby’s set at the Bell House in Brooklyn started as a praise song to Allah. The first line to the Koran “Bismillalla Allah il Rahman il Rahim”…..reverberated up to the rafters. Arby is paying homage to the female singers of Mali who were historically only allowed to sing religious songs.

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What is Afro-Pop? A very good example for this genre is Salif Keita!

Videos selected by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Afropop’s Matt Payne asks the burning question on everyone’s mind: What is Afropop? Filmed and edited by Nova Ami. Thanks to Erich Woodrum and Carla Deamant!

International icon and Malian singer Salif Keita performs at Central Park SummerStage June 20, 2010. Afropop’s Banning Eyre catches up with him backstage and chats with musical wiz kid Toumani Diabate, son of Abdoulaye Diabate. A must see for music lovers!

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