Tinariwen

3:53am

Sat August 4, 2012
Africa

Mali's Cultural Heritage, Old And New, Faces Threats

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:43 am

Mali's popular Festival of the Desert, held each year near Timbuktu, attracts both local and international music stars. The festival took place in January, but the Islamists who have taken control of the area have since banned all entertainment.
Serge Daniel AFP/Getty Images

Mali is a country rich in culture, both old and new.

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.

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.

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10:35am

Thu January 5, 2012

12:58pm

Wed December 14, 2011
World Cafe

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 12:59 pm

Tinariwen.
Courtesy of the artist

The only aspect of Tinariwen 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.

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