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Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

June 7, 2013


“Our musician was on his way to a wedding in a village outside Gao, his car laden with instruments and equipment. At the checkpoint he was ordered to step down from his car by a MUJAO militiaman who then proceeded to search it. All the instruments are taken out and piled up by the side of the road; guitars, teherdent, amps, speakers, calabashes. The pile was doused in petrol and set alight. The musician was too scared to shout out, or cry, or flee. There were guns everywhere. He just stood and watched as his livelihood went up in flames. If he made a scene or showed any emotion, he knew that his own life would be in danger.”

Andy Morgan, who managed Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen for seven years, has just released this very reasonably priced book. You can get it in various paper and digital formats from HERE.


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  1. June 7, 2013 9:33 pm

    …and it now has its very own Facebook page:

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