AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Ali Farka Toure

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The war in Mali’s North–to what effect?

There is war in Mali’s North, and there doesn’t need to be. Some of this conflict is hard to stop–the shadow boxing of distant powers, the scattering of weapons, the spiraling circuits of revenge. But some of this conflict people chose, and they are choosing it now. Let’s leave why for another time and place. Let’s

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Music Break

The video for “All the Same” by Vieux Farka Toure, son of Ali, from his new album, “The Secret.” The song features the singer Dave Matthews (born in South Africa). Yes him.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

‘The Secret’

No it’s not the formula to rid Libya of Gaddafi and his sons, but the announcement of Vieux Farka Toure’s new album next month.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Youth of Mali

Old Master Boubacar Traoré (also known as Kar Kar, “the one who dribbles too much”) has a new album out titled “Mali Denhou”. He has some advice for Mali’s youth in the above promo video. In the...

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Grammys

Distracted by Cee Lo’s chicken suit or Lady Gaga’s latest stunt (she hatched from an egg), you may have missed Vieux Farka Touré accepting the Grammy for Best World Album on behalf of his father, Ali, and...

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Grammys does Africa

Blogger Bombastic Elements summarizes the African nominees for late February 2011’s Grammy Awards: (Benin) ÕŸÖ – Angelique Kidjo : nominee for Best Contemporary World Music Album Vocal or Instrumental. (Nigeria/ USA) Fela! – Robert Sher,...