Sounds from the Sahel: Mali Song of the Week

Vieux Farka Toure – Walé

It’s been a little while since we had a father-son dynamic here on the Hub. So to correct this we’ll follow on from last week’s father of Malian blues to the son; Vieux Farka Toure for no reason other than the fact that they’re both exceptionally good musicians.

From the exceptionally good, to the completely awful; the security situation in Mali is declining. In a ‘deteriorating‘ security situation, AQIM have become bolder attacking UN and Malian military bases in what has become a very bloody few weeks. Attacks are occurring across the country; in the south and along the border with Mauritania – so not just in the north. The renewal of  the mandate of the UN peacekeeping  mission MINUSMA in July can be seen as a positive sign, though as the deployment enters its third year its ability to strengthen “the foundation” of sustainable and lasting peace is going to be exceptionally difficult. The foundation it refers to is the signing of a peace agreement several weeks ago that has taken a step towards peace between the government and some – but not all – groups. A crucial distinction. AQIM appears to have taken this void as an opportunity to ramp-up its presence and the government is feeling the pressure – President IBK recently scrapped a foreign state visit in response to the spike in violence.


Vieux Farka Toure – Walé

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