Sounds from the Sahel: Mali Song of the Week

Vieux Farka Toure ft. Issa Bamba – Courage

Happy Birthday! The Mali Song of the Week is one year old this week. Vieux Farka Touré – a favourite of the Mali Interest Hub – provides a suitable party tune with ‘Courage’. In addition to Vieux’s sublime guitar and the wonderful rolling rhythm are the vocals of Issa Bamba, which really bring the song to life. It is a cool mix that makes this song a modern classic.

So, as Issa Bamba breaks into his rallying cry at the song’s 1 minute 33 second mark, its time to both take stock of all the music we have celebrated so far and to look forward to another year of the same. The musical landscape of Mali is changing all the time. The fall-out from the recent conflict and on-going political difficulties have provided inspiration for artists across the board – from rapper to griot – and has invited in new influences from around the world. Mobile phone ownership and internet activity is booming in Mali. Malian musicians have unprecedented access to each other and to the rest of the world, and they are already taking full advantage. At the same time, Mali’s global big-hitters continue to innovate, entertain and captivate in some of the most prestigious musical venues on Earth.

It is a wonderfully exciting time to be a fan of Malian music.




Vieux Farka Toure ft. Issa Bamba – Courage

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