Tinariwen http://www.kunc.org en Mali's Cultural Heritage, Old And New, Faces Threats http://www.kunc.org/post/malis-cultural-heritage-old-and-new-faces-threats Mali is a country rich in culture, both old and new.<p>The banging of hammers on silver echos through the main crafts market in Bamako, Mali's capital. It's usually teeming in a place where you can buy anything, from silver earrings to batik fabric, all of it handmade.<p>And despite its remote location, Mali has enhanced its cultural reputation in recent years with an annual international music and arts festival in the Sahara Desert near Timbuktu, drawing both African and Western artists.<p>But Mali's cultural gems, which have drawn steady tourist traffic, are now at risk from a dual crisis. Sat, 04 Aug 2012 09:53:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31517 at http://www.kunc.org Mali's Cultural Heritage, Old And New, Faces Threats Tinariwen: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/tinariwen-tiny-desk-concert Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:35:48 +0000 Bob Boilen 20266 at http://www.kunc.org Tinariwen On World Cafe http://www.kunc.org/post/tinariwen-world-cafe The only aspect of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15405877/tinariwen" target="_self">Tinariwen</a> more urgent and heartbreakingly human than its unique blend of electric rock and North African traditional music is its story. Tinariwen's members fought as rebels in Mali to protect their land and the Tuareg people, and out of the rebel camps formed a counterculture — and a rock band. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:58:00 +0000 19127 at http://www.kunc.org Tinariwen On World Cafe