The Desert Blues
May 8, 2015 8:16 PM   Subscribe


 
Fascinating. Great article, thanks.
posted by Existential Dread at 9:07 PM on May 8, 2015


That was a great article. I still remember hearing Zin Es Gourmeden on the radio for the first time, and being completely mesmerized. I found out about the Festival in the Desert shortly after, and it always sounded amazing. It's a shame there seems to be nothing that the ghosts of colonialism and present-day fundamentalism can't befoul. Good luck, Mali.
posted by talking leaf at 10:06 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Every now and then, I still think of the time a Malian friend asked me to share some music with him. He wanted new Malian music, and since I've been a fan of Malian music for a long time, I showed him the albums I had and let him choose. He didn't want any of the songs by Tuareg musicians because they're "bandits."

He's from a town that was occupied by Tuareg rebels for a time, and I don't know how long it will be until that history heals over. At the very least, the fighting will have to stop first.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 11:18 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


This incredible article reveals a world completely unknown to me in so many ways. Also, wow, what an example of modern-day web publishing. Huge photos, typography, extremely well-written and worldly. Great stuff.
posted by rmmcclay at 4:36 AM on May 9, 2015


A relative is leaving soon to work in the US embassy in Bamako. I'm very excited for her, but also terrified. This very cool story did not really assuage my fears.
posted by hydropsyche at 8:33 AM on May 9, 2015


Also, wow, what an example of modern-day web publishing. Huge photos, typography, extremely well-written and worldly. Great stuff.

You might enjoy Evan Ratliff's talk about founding Atavist at XOXO 2012.
posted by thejoshu at 12:21 PM on May 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


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