Posts Tagged ‘Mali’

Imarhan Timbuktu and Tinariwen Talk Malian Desert Music and Western Pop

Tonight, Malian desert band Imarhan Timbuktu performs at Bossa and on Saturday Tinariwen, the well-known Saharan desert combo, plays Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. While the appearance of guitar-toting Tuareg musicians with long, flowing robes and oft-covered faces isn't quite a novelty in D.C. anymore, thanks to a number of such groups touring here in recent [...]

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 [...]

Khaira Arby on Mali and Its Music

Like the recent appearance of Malian singer Vieux Farka Toure, tonight's Khaira Arby gig at DC9 carries some additional weight because of the political turmoil in their country. Now on her third tour of North America, this high-pitched wailer seems determined to develop a following on this side of the Atlantic. Over email, she answered [...]

Meet a Formerly Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Steven Weinberg

Here's how Steven Weinberg introduced himself to me: "I'm a cartoonist and illustrator who grew up in D.C. and Bethesda. Since then, I've gone on to live all over the place, which is kind of what my first book that I just made with my girlfriend Casey Scieszka called To Timbuktu is all about. [...]

Free Tonight: Malian Singer Khaira Arby and Her Band

Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band will appear for free tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of their first U.S. tour, which coincides with the release of Arby's first North American album, Timbuktu Tarab, on the Clermont Music label. Arby sings in a brash, raw-edged voice in Sonrai, Arabic, and Tamashek [...]

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 [...]

Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure Live Monday (and his new cd)

Nearly 3 years ago Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure’s debut release appeared.  It came out shortly after the death of his legendary guitar-playing father, Ali Farka Toure, known for his distinctive Malian Islamic roots in the desert meets John Lee Hooker style.  His father, before passing away from cancer, recorded four tracks with his son. [...]