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Saturday, September 15, 2012 Options
Musicians for Mali

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Political instability has caused a major refugee crisis in Northern Mali. It's a cultural crisis too: In this region that gave us the sublime desert blues sound of Tinariwen and so many others, religious fundamentalists have now banned music. On Saturday September 22, African and American musicians will join in Musicians for Mali, a concert at City Winery to benefit refugees and raise awareness. The headliners are Toubab Krewe, a band of North Carolinians inspired by Malian music. Two more Americans taking part in the benefit, Banning Eyre and Sam Dickey, join Rob tonight to explore how this music has resonated so much with musicians outside Africa. We preview the concert with tracks by the artists, and talk about what's happening.

If you can’t make it to the benefit concert, please consider making a donation. You can do so via

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new, *** = special)

Debo Band: It's Not Just a Song Options / Debo Band / Sub Pop / Next Ambiance / * (0:00:00 )

Fatoumata Diawara: Mousso Options / Fatou / Nonesuch/World Circuit / * *** (0:06:55 )

Sory Kandia Kouyaté: Douba Options / La Voix De La Révolution / Sterns / * (0:11:13 )

Terakaft: Nah Essanagh Options / Various Artists: Songs for Desert Refugees / Glitterhouse / * (0:23:47 )

Toubab Krewe: Marietou Options / Unreleased (0:42:58 )

Abdoulaye Alhassane Touré: Maiga et Toure Options / Sahara Spirit / Abdoul Records / * (0:53:11 )

Benyoro: Subaromaloya Options / Live at Joe's Pub (1:10:02 )

Oran Etkin and Kelenia: Kelenia Options / Kelenia (1:22:57 )

Banning Eyre and Sam Dickey: Kulanjan (Live at WFMU) Options (1:31:33 )

Banning Eyre and Sam Dickey: Khaira (Live at WFMU) Options (1:37:05 )

Tinariwen: Chet Boghassa Options / Amassakoul / World Village (1:42:51 )

Tartit: Taganine Options / Ichichila / Network (1:47:00 )

Tidawt: Ariyalan Options / Various - Festival in the Desert / World Village (1:54:52 )

Tamikrest: Warktifed Options / Various Artists: Songs for Desert Refugees / Glitterhouse / * (1:57:13 )

Diabel Cissokho: Karambaya Options / Kanabory Siyama / World Village / * (2:02:12 )

Mariem Hassan: Sbar Options / Deseos / Nubenegra (2:08:17 )

Te Vaka: Havili Options / Havili / * (2:12:41 )

Carne Cruda: Quitate la Marcara Options / Oakland's Tight / Round Whirled (2:21:43 )

Los Irreales de Ondatrópica: Punkero Sonidero Options / Ondatrópica / Soundway / * (2:25:32 )

Francisco Heredero: Operacion Sol Options / Various Artists: Skanish Sound / VampiSoul / * (2:29:16 )

Margarita Sierra: Cha Cha Twist Options / Various Artists: Chicas / VampiSoul (2:32:33 )

Boom Pam: Rambo Options / Alakazam (2:33:31 )

Fanfare Ciocarlia vs. Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra: Devla Options / Balkan Brass Battle / Asphalt Tango (2:46:42 )

Banda Ionica: S.S. Christo All Colonna Options / Various Artists: Bande Italiane / Network / * (2:50:07 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 9/15/12 6:12pm Dirk zaffer Rombouts:

Hi Rob. Greets from Belgium !! Time for me - to drink a Hoegaerden !!
  Sat. 9/15/12 6:24pm Marmalade Kitty:

  Sat. 9/15/12 6:26pm J:

this Kouyaté voice makes me shiver!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 9/15/12 6:29pm Your DJ:

Hello and thanks everyone!
  Sat. 9/15/12 6:58pm Richard from Venezuela:

Hello Rob. Kora sound is pure magic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 9/15/12 6:59pm Your DJ:

Hi Richard, glad you like it!
  Sat. 9/15/12 7:07pm Marmalade Kitty:

Thanks Rob for all the wonderful music!
hear this and take that! religious nazi scumbag f**ers
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 9/15/12 7:16pm Your DJ:

Thanks Marmalade Kitty and yeah, I hear ya...
  Sat. 9/15/12 7:51pm Marmalade Kitty:

Peace to Mali! I feel It
  Sat. 9/15/12 8:16pm Marmalade Kitty:

It was the finale of this summers West african art/music/culture festival in Manchester this afternoon - Awesome time had by all :)
  Sat. 9/15/12 8:22pm Marmalade Kitty:

Thats my main man, Jali, in the photogragh! I must send you his album!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 9/15/12 8:30pm Your DJ:

Thanks MK - well, we could do an exchange of some kind - !
  Sat. 9/15/12 8:34pm Marmalade Kitty:

I know.. I'll pull my finger out!!! ;)
  Wed. 1/16/13 11:04am Brian in UK:

Rob, just listening on the wonderful archive. I bought Sory Kandia Kouyate's comp on Sterns recently. Oh to have seen him live.
Interesting to hear Kulanjan originally done by Toumani's dad Sidiki who plays on most of Kouyate's music. Gambia through Senegal into Mali.
Thoughts with the Malian people.
Great show, still playing your premium.
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