Posts Tagged ‘Festival in the Desert’

Mauritanian Singer Noura Mint Seymali on Her Band, Playing Weddings, and Arab Idol

Last September, Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali and her band delivered an impressive set at the Festival in the Desert II touring show at Tropicalia. The ensemble's sound seemed one-of-a-kind, with its mix of traditional vocals, '60s psychedelia, '70s funk, and instrumentation similar to that of other contemporary West African desert groups.
Seymali and her band, led by her guitar-playing husband, [...]

Sidi Toure and Leila Gobi Bring Malian Music to D.C. This Weekend

While Mali struggles with political turmoil and violence, its musicians have been finding an audience in the U.S. Large numbers of Malian performers have appeared on D.C. stages lately: This Saturday night singer/guitarist Sidi Toure appears at Artisphere, while on Sunday the "Festival in the Desert II" brings Mali’s Mamadou Kelly and Leila Gobi to Tropicalia [...]

How D.C. Filmmakers Documented the Last Festival in the Desert Before Northern Mali Succumbed to War

Three years ago, Andrea Papitto, then the head of a nonprofit in Ghana, called her D.C.–based pal Kiley Kraskouskas, whom she had met at New York University seven years before. Papitto told her about a trip she took to the Festival in the Desert, an annual Malian music event set in the sand dunes [...]

Dambe: the Mali Project Tonight at Goethe-Institut: Irish Musicians Go to Mali

Malian songs have caught the ears of a variety of Western musicians in recent years, from Robert Plant to the outsider Sublime Frequencies label to  the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone, and American banjoist Bela Fleck.  Fleck made a movie about his trip to Mali called Throw Down Your Heart.  Tonight a similar [...]