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Category: Mali

Friday, April 15th

sounds of Mali and all over

Fatoumata Diawara, live (“”Kanou Dan Yen,” “Nterini,” “Negue Negue”), Italy (Como), published 2/3/22

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I think of you daily and feel anxious lest we lose our old backward and forward flow that always seems to open me up and bring color and peace.

–Robert Lowell (1917-1977), letter (3/10/1963) to Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) (Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell)

Wednesday, March 3rd

sounds of Mali

Ballaké Sissoko (kora) with Sona Jobarteh (kora, voice),”Djourou,” 2/17/21

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, July 16th

sounds of Mali and Paris

Salif Keita (1949-), “Cono,” live, Japan, 1990

 

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Another take.

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, March 20th

How about something quiet, and delicate, and beautiful?

Ballaké Sissoko (1968-, kora), live, Paris, 2017

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Quick the world rushed out like waters.

—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Monday, February 10th

sounds of Iran and Mali

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Kayhan Kalhor (1963-, kamancheh) and Toumani Diabaté (1965-, kora), live, Germany (Osnabrück), 2016

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, May 23rd

3n
day two

Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, vocals; Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni, vocals; Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

“Eh Ya Ye”

 

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“Kanimba”

 

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“Guede”

 

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“Dissa”

 

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the morning light is in us

—Peter Gizzi, from “Lullaby”

Wednesday, April 4th

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Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

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We humans—
squirming around
among the blossoming flowers.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Saturday, March 31st

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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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random thoughts

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

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