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Category: Mali

Friday, January 26th

what’s new

Amadou & Mariam, “Bofou Safou,” “Dimanche à Bamako,” “Filaou Bessame,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/19/2018

 

Friday, July 21st

can’t wait

Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.

Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004

 

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lagniappe

random thoughts

The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995

 

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lagniappe

reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

Monday, June 12th

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré, “Kamelemba,” 2017

 

Friday, March 31st

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré  (feat. Tony Allen, drums), “Yere Faga,” 3/30/17


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reading table

First cherry blossoms
just came out
pretty good day!

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

 

Friday, March 17th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002


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reading table

What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter

Tuesday, October 11th

sounds of Mali

Toumani Diabate (kora), live, Switzerland (Geneva), 2013

 

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lagniappe

reading table

like clouds drifting apart,
a wild goose separates, for now,
from his friend

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Landis Barnhill

Saturday, October 1st

more

Habib Koite, “Wassiye,” live


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art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Stuart Davis (1892-1964), “Swing Landscape,” 1938

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Friday, September 30

sounds of Mali and South Africa

Twelve strings, two voices—that’s it.

Habib Koite (Mali; lead vocals, guitar), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa; vocals, guitar), “Africa,” live (studio performance), Seattle, 2016

 

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reading table

Deep autumn—
my neighbor,
how does he live, I wonder?

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Monday, September 19th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2013


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lagniappe

reading table

she keeps the nest
nice and neat . . .
widow bird

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

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